Maruti Suzuki India Limited had earlier planned to phase out its most popular model M800 from the Indian market. The main reason for such a move was that M800 engine was not compliant with the new BS IV norms. It had planned to begin phasing out the model from first 11 cities of India but this does not seem to be happening now.
According to Maruti’s Managing Executive Officer IV Rao, engineers at Maruti are working round the clock to make the new M800 engine compliant with stricter emission norms that become effective from 2010. “Our new K-Series engines are very efficient compared to previous generation engines. So, we are now working on all existing engines to improve the after treatment on emission of the gases. We are basically working on catalysers on the same engines for different models to meet the Bharat stage norms, that will come into effect from April 2010,” he said.
He also said that the team is working on upgrading engines for M800 and Omni that were expected to be phased out completely by 2015. However, the complete process of upgrading these engines will take at least three years.