Maruti-Suzuki is launching more than one car these days. In recent months, there has been a lot of sales from the new Brezza to the Grand Vitara. The company is trying to make a strong hold in the SUV segment. Maruti is selling a car equipped with great features today. It has lakhs of customers in the country. But do you know who was the first customer of Maruti’s first car in the country? Who was the first buyer of Maruti’s first car Maruti-800?
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Maruti’s first car was launched in the year 1983. Maruti-800 was launched at a price of Rs 47,500 (Maruti-800 Price). Its first unit was made in Haryana at Maruti Udyog Limited. It is now also known as Maruti Suzuki India Limited. This car of Maruti was the best selling car in India till the year 2004. However, to make Maruti Alto popular, the company stopped its production in 2010.
Who was the first buyer?
Harpal Singh, a resident of New Delhi, was the buyer of the first 800 car that came out of Maruti Suzuki’s Haryana plant. The then Prime Minister of the country, Indira Gandhi handed him the keys of the car with her own hands. Maruti’s first car 800 was with Harpal Singh till his death in 2010. The registration number of this car was DIA 6479. Now this first unit of Maruti has been kept for display at the company’s headquarters (Maruti HQ).
Car was not in running condition
The late Harpal Singh’s Maruti-800 car was in a completely rotten road condition. Some pictures of this car were put on the internet. After this the company decided to restore the car. The company had reassembled all the original spare parts and equipment in the car. However, this car was no longer capable of plying on the roads of Delhi. Hence the company has decided to showcase the car at its headquarters as its first success story in India.
How was the engine of Maruti 800?
The basic design of the hatchback Maruti-800 was based on the Suzuki Fronte SS80. Its first batch was imported as a Completely Knock Down (CKD) kit. This model was powered by a 796cc, three-cylinder F8D petrol engine that produced 35 BHP of maximum power. Currently, this engine can be seen in cars like Alto and Omni. However, the company has also upgraded it.