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Maruti 800: Story of a little giant

April 2, 2009

"The Maruti 800 made India a country that is now on wheels," R C Bhargava, former managing director, Maruti.

The iconic Maruti 800, which stood as the symbol of pride in the garages of millions of Indian homes for years together, is set to bid goodbye. For over 25 years, this small car made giant strides, virtually monopolising the roads in India.

It was in 1983, that this small car stole the hearts of millions, and its launch was a turning point in the history of Indian automobile sector. The small car soon became an inherent part of many Indian households.

The Indian car industry was then represented by two companies, Hindustan Motors and Premier Automobiles, with a volume of 40,000 cars annually. The Maruti-800 changed the dynamics of the trade. It lived up to the aspirations of the Indian middle-class.

The Maruti 800 was Sachin Tendulkar's first car. It was also the first car for many others who could not afford a car for years. . . Priced at Rs 52,500 in 1983, it was a treasure on wheels!

Image: Maruti 800 to say goodbye. | Photograph, courtesy: Maruti Suzuki Website

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