Maruti Suzuki is planning to fine tune its oldest model, Maruti 800. The stringent Bharat IV norms shall be enforced by April 10 2010 in 13 mega cities of India. Maruti 800 model is one of the most popular models in India and is the smallest car for the people in the country. "Work is on to make the M800 compliant with emission norms coming in by 2010. We are not phasing out the model," said MSIL Managing Director (Office Engineering), IV Rao.
It was earlier suspected that the company may have to phase out its most popular model and launch more eco-friendly models that adhere to BS-III or Euro V norms. However, Maruti now plans to design new ways to make the engine more compliant with the emission norms by fine tuning the engine combustion or fixing the catalytic converter.
Maruti 800 is also exported to various SE Asian countries and has been the largest selling model in the Maruti portfolio. However, Maruti Alto now beats M800 in sales in India. Maruti launched its latest model, Maruti A-Star in India on Wednesday 19 November.