Maruti Suzuki has phased out Maruti 800, the legendary small car of its time from 13 Indian citied where BS4 Emission norms were made mandatory. Maruti decided not to upgrade the Maruti 800 to BS4 Engine and still sell it in the cities where BS4 norms are not mandatory as yet. To its surprise, overall sales of Maruti 800 have increased after phase out from these cities. The reason is not domestic sales, but the exports.
This increase in export is a wonderful 91.5% in period of April to August 2010 compared to same period over last year. The car is exported to many countries including Algeria,Chile, Egypt etc. The domestic sales in India have however dropped by about 17%.