The good old Maruti 800 may be in its last phase in India, but in Pakistan it is still going great guns. Sold as the Suzuki Mehran and launched in 1988, the car was the second-largest selling car in Pakistan and for the first-time ever there were more takers of it in Pakistan than in India.Mehran sold 29,542 units in 2011 as against the 24,163 unit sales in India. It was the largest selling vehicle in December and has grown by 28% in 2011, well ahead of the domestic industry.
The M800’s fortunes in India however, are a stark contrast. Discontinued in 13 major cities, including the national capital region (NCR), Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Ahmedabad and Hyderabad, its sales have slid to under 25,000 units per annum and is considered to be in the twilight of its lifespan in India.