Maruti Suzuki’s first car in the 80s was the Maruti 800. Not many people know that these four wheels were sold not only in India but also in other countries. But under another name. Suzuki used to sell these cars as Fronte and Alto.
This small car had 796 cc engine with 4 speed manual gearbox. Maruti Suzuki started production in 1983. The company has brought numerous cars in these 40 years. But surprisingly, 90 percent of these cars were priced within the middle class’s reach.
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Who bought Maruti’s first car?
47,500 Maruti in the country Harpal Singh, a resident of Delhi, bought the first car. The key of this car was given to him by the then Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi. According to a report, this car was used by Harpal Singh till the end of his life.
Maruti lottery system
Harpal Singh got the Maruti car through a lucky draw. But it was not a lottery system. This system was first introduced in 2000 by Maruti Suzuki. According to multiple reports, the demand for Maruti cars was skyrocketing at that time.
At that time they were making 1 lakh cars every year. Maruti 1000 was launched in 2000. It was priced at Rs 3.54 lakh. Which was considered a huge price at that time. Yet the human demand was palpable. Seeing this situation, the company brought the lottery system.
This Maruti car has ruled India for 37 consecutive years
From 1983 to 2014 The company has produced Maruti 800. Because this car was the most popular in the whole country. This four wheeler was the best selling four wheeler for 37 consecutive years. Which is indeed a big milestone.
For many Indians, this car has become a part of the family. Although it is not available now, many people have kept the Maruti 800 as a souvenir.