Maruti Alto 800 Production Stopped, Marks The End Of Firm’s...
- Apr 3, 2023
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While most carmakers have already updated their lineup with BS6 phase II compliant engines, it’s not the same story for all models. Maruti has discontinued its most affordable offering in India, the Alto 800, while Skoda has said goodbye to its premium range of sedans, the Superb and Octavia. Furthermore, Honda has also axed its older models – Jazz, WR-V and fourth-generation City – and Nissan’s compact SUV is no longer on sale.
Here’s a list of cars that are no longer available in India:
Maruti's most affordable offering was the Alto 800, which debuted in 2012. It was available with a 0.8-litre three-cylinder petrol engine that produced 48PS and 69Nm. While it lacked an automatic gearbox option, it did provide a CNG powertrain with the same engine.
However, with the launch of the new Alto K10, its 0.8-litre version seems to be dated and overlapping with many variants of its more powerful (1.0-litre) version. The new BS6 phase II norms pushed Maruti further to cease the production of Alto 800. Towards the end of its lifecycle, it was priced from Rs 3.54 lakh to Rs 5.13 lakh.
The first Honda Jazz was introduced in the market in 2009 with a 1.2-litre petrol engine. Although, it was not so successful in the beginning and the demand for the diesel powered vehicles were increasing. Going by that, Honda launched the second generation Jazz in 2015 with the option of a 1.5-litre diesel engine.
Lately, the BS6 requirements went into effect, forcing Honda to withdraw the diesel models of the premium hatchback. Since the Jazz was almost eight years old and its sales were low, Honda has decided not to upgrade its hatchback offering to meet with the new phase II emission criteria in April 2023. As a result, the Jazz is now no longer for sale. It was priced between Rs 8.01 lakh to Rs 10.32 lakh prior to its discontinuation.
The WRV-V, another victim of rigorous emission standards, was initially introduced in India in 2017. Earlier, the subcompact crossover was available with 1.2-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel engines. Of late, the WR-V, just like the Jazz, came out to be a slow-selling model for Honda.
The Japanese manufacturer gave it a minor facelift in 2020, but it didn’t help much as the competition excelled by offering more amenities, powerful engines, and SUV appeal in a comparable price range. As a result, Honda has made no additional efforts to adapt its WR-V to meet new emission standards. The WR-V was priced between Rs 9.11 lakh and Rs 12.31 lakh at the end of its lifecycle.
The fourth-generation Honda City was introduced in India in 2014, with 1.5-litre petrol and 1.5-litre diesel engines. The compact sedan received a midlife update in 2017 with minor design tweaks and feature updates. Lately in 2020, Honda has launched the fifth generation City, but the carmaker didn’t discontinue its fourth-generation compact sedan as it was a popular offering at that time.
Finally, after Honda released the facelifted version of the fifth-generation City in 2023, it has eventually discontinued the previous generation model of the compact sedan. Before the discontinuation, the fourth-gen City was priced between Rs 9.50 lakh and Rs 10 lakh.
The Nissan Kicks was launched in India in 2019, as part of the automaker's effort to reposition itself as a mainstream brand in the country. The compact SUV was initially available with a 1.5-litre petrol engine (producing 106PS and 142Nm) and a 1.5-litre diesel engine (110PS and 240Nm). The former came with a five-speed manual transmission, while the latter came with a six-speed manual transmission.
And thereafter, during the initial BS6 transition, Nissan updated its 1.5-litre petrol engine and phased out the diesel engine altogether. It was replaced with a new 1.3-litre turbo petrol engine with 156PS and 245Nm of torque, combined with either a six-speed manual transmission or a seven-step CVT automatic transmission. Launched as a Creta rival, it never really picked up sales and is now finally pulled out of the production line. The Kicks was sold for between Rs 9.50 lakh to Rs 14.90 lakh.
Mahindra is known for making tough and rugged SUVs. The KUV100 NXT, on the other hand, is an attempt by the Indian automaker to create a cross hatchback product, which used to come in both five and six seater variants, as an entry-level model. It was available with a 1.2-litre petrol engine (82PS and 115Nm) and a five-speed manual gearbox. Mahindra chose to discontinue production of the KUV100 NXT due to low sales. It was retailed between Rs 6.06 lakh and Rs 7.72 lakh at the close of its life cycle.
The Octavia made its India debut in 2001, and with time, it became the favourite car of many gearheads. The Octavia was known for its performance and driving, and the carmaker also released a performance iteration of the sedan in between, namely Octavia vRS.
In 2021, the Octavia underwent its final significant generation change, with an entirely new design and form. It was available with the same 2.0-litre petrol engine as the Superb, which produced 190PS and 320Nm. Almost after spending over two decades in India, the production of the Octavia has now ceased for the time being. Although, there are rumours that it might make a comeback in petrol-hybrid powertrain option. It ranges from Rs 27.35 lakh to Rs 30.45 lakh. Even the Skoda Superb will be discontinued shortly.
It is apparent that certain cars must be discontinued owing to rigorous regulations or because their life cycle has come to an end. Customers may, however, be certain that automakers will provide all essential after-sales service, including parts availability for a long time after they have been pulled off the shelves.
All prices are ex-showroom Delhi
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