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Maruti’s new 800cc car to hit market by Diwali

A little car, but a soaring presence nationwide... Indian automobile history witnessed a dramatic change on a chilly December morning in 1983 when the first Maruti 800 was rolled out of a factory in Gurgaon. Indian roads have never been the same ever since. When Maruti decided to bring the curtains down on the iconic 800, which has always remained a mainstay of personal mobility for the masses, the decision had left a lot of Maruti 800 fans emotional, and some even watery-eyed.

Now, Maruti is gearing up to introduce an all new 800cc car that could potentially be a replacement for the Maruti 800. Faced with declining market share and falling sales of the best seller Alto, the company has already started testing the new car that certainly will be more fuel efficient and technologically advanced, but more expensive than the Alto.

Rumours had it that the new ultra low cost car from Maruti would be the Cervo. However, it's almost certain by now that Maruti has no plans to bring Cervo to India and the new 800cc car will be called the Alto 800.

According to sources close to the development, the company will start commercial production of the new 800cc car at its Gurgaon plant from July or August and will launch it by Diwali.

Although Maruti has officially stopped the production of the M800 in April 2012, it's still being sold in the cities where Bharat Stage IV emission norms are not applicable.