New Delhi, Apr 1: The small car which fulfilled the middle-class man's dreams of owning a car, before the Tata Nano era, Maruti 800 is set to bid adieu as the company is forced to stop the sales of the model in 13 major cities.
Starting from Thursday, Apr 1, the Bharat Stage (BS) IV emission norms come into effect pushing the good old Maruti 800 model out of the markets as it falls to comply with the new norms.
The car will not be sold in 13 major cities including the metros. This means that New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Pune, Kanpur, Ahmedabad, Surat and Agra has to bid goodbye to the compact and affordable Maruti 800.
This may not be a permanent step as the company is still mulling over the possibility of upgrading the model's engine so that it complies with Bharat Stage IV norms.
If this is done, then the car will be back in the shops in these cities again.
With the new norms coming into effect other models such as Ford Ikon (1.3 petrol), Fiat Palio, Skoda Fabia (1.2 petrol) and Octavia (1.9 TDI engine) and Chevrolet Tavera (2.5DI) are also being kicked out from the cities.