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Move over Tata Nano. 4 NEW rivals are coming

Last updated on: June 29, 2011 10:07 IST

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India, certainly, is a land of diversity. It is here that we have Ferrari FF with a 6262cc engine and also the 623cc Tata Nano.

Among the small segment cars -- starting from 623cc -- the 800cc Maruti's success is legendary.

However, with Maruti deciding to phase out M800, there would be a dearth of entry level small cars in India.

The good news is that at least four new small cars will be here soon.

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Image: Maruti 800.

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Chevrolet Spark 800cc

Even though American car maker General Motors recently said it has shelved plans to launch small car in India that was planned to take on Tata Nano, an 800cc three-cylinder engine is expected to power the new Chevrolet Spark.

GM's small car was looked to be positioned below the company's existing entry level compact car 'Spark'.

The flagship small car 'Spark' comes with a 1,000 cc engine in both petrol and LPG options.

So what about the 800cc car? Sources at GM said the company has powertrain facility that can produce different types of engines.

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Image: Spark Lite.

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Chevrolet Spark would be a prime contender to replace Maruti 800.

Chevrolet is likely to be priced slightly below Alto.

Just like the existing Spark, Chevrolet hopes its 800 version also rakes in high sales figures.

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Image: The dashboard of Chevrolet Spark.

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Hyundai H800

The Korean car maker Hyundai inspired by the success of Santro, i10 and i20 now plans to enter the market so long dominated by Maruti 800.

The project to introduce a replacement for Maruti 800 has been reportedly codenamed H 800.

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Image: The Hyundai small car look like this.

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This 800cc offering by Hyundai has successfully completed the test phase.

Expected to enter the Indian markets in 2012, it is likely to be priced around Rs 160,000.

Hyundai H800 is seen to target Maruti Alto's market besides capturing that of Maruti 800's.

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Image: Some say it will actuallly look like this.

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Maruti Cervo 600cc

Even as Maruti is phasing out its 800cc car, a new small car from the same company is expected to hit the roads by next year.

Seen as a direct competitor to the Tata Nano, Maruti Cervo is a 660cc petrol driven vehicle.

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Image: Maruti Cervo 600.

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As per information available it would be a 60bhp car that can output 64Nm of peak torque enough for the entry level car buyers in India.

Maruti Cervo is expected to be priced between Rs 150,000 and Rs 200,000 and it would come with a four-speed manual transmission gearbox.

Besides, Maruti Cervo is expected to offer a mileage of 20 to 24 kmpl.

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Image: Dashboard of Maruti Cervo.

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Toyota sub-Etios 800cc

Sub-Etios 800cc would be the smallest and the least powerful offering by Toyota in India.

As per available information, the sub-Etios will be a three-meter long car with engine at the rear just like Tata Nano.

No photograph of this car is available.

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Image: Toyota Etios sedan.

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The 800 cc petrol driven four-door car is likely to be priced around Rs 300,000.

The 600kg Toyota sub-Etios would be in India around early or mid 2012.

However, the build would be similar to existing Toyota Etios but would be more compact.

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Image: Toyota Etios Liva.

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What triggered the phase out of Maruti 800

Maruti India decided to discontinue Maruti 800 in 11 metros after the Bharat Stage IV pollution norms came into effect in 2010.

Maruti said it was economically unviable to make M800s BSIV complaint.

Moreover, the launch of Tata nano also dashed any hope of the revival of M800.

Maruti 800 will be totally phased out in 2016.


Image: The dashboard of Maruti 800.

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