The Maruti Ritz hatchback has finally come to an end. India’s largest manufacturer, Maruti has pulled the plug on the Ritz. The car was replaced by the newly launched Ignis in the market. Maruti had stopped the production of the Ritz since October 2016.
The Ritz holds a special place in the market. The car was launched in 2009 and was powered by both petrol and diesel engine options. Since its launch, Maruti sold around 40 lakh units of the vehicle.
The Ritz has remained one of the most popular Maruti models in India. The tall-boy design mashed with stylish looks attracted many young buyers to the Ritz. The Maruti spokesperson said to PTI that Ritz had done a commendable job in strengthening company’s presence among the modern compact cars in India. Maruti also assured that the availability of the spare parts of the Ritz would not be a problem and Maruti will provide service and spares for next ten years.
Maruti has a lot of upcoming vehicles in the line-up. The company will launch the Baleno RS in March, and after that, the company has other cars in the line-up. Maruti will also bring in the all-new Swift and the DZire this year. The mid-size sedan, Ciaz will also receive a minor facelift along with more powerful 1.6-litre diesel engine.
Maruti also discontinued lower variants of the S-Cross 1.6 due to weak demand of the product in the market. Recently, the company also announced that the diesel variants of the Celerio would be discontinued due to very low demand in the market.
Maruti is also moving forward in the market with a new innovation to keep the customers drawn to the brand. The company was the first one to introduce Automated Manual Transmission or AMT in India. Maruti had also kick-started the concept of mild-hybrids in India with the introduction of the Ciaz SHVS.