The year in front of us will see a lot of change in the automotive scene of India. This is because of the new safety norms (BNSVAP) along with the upcoming BSVI emission norms that will be implemented soon. While BSVI will be implemented in 2020, the BNSVAP will be implemented in mid 2019 which means that the manufacturers whose cars don’t meet the guidelines will no longer be able to sell those cars.
For the same, the auto companies have began upgrading their lineup to meet the safety norms. However, there are many cars which will be discontinued as upgrading them would prove way too expensive for the companies. Here are six such vehicles that will no longer see the light of the day in the coming months.
The most affordable proper car in the world has been axed from the company’s lineup and will be no longer available in the coming time. The Tata Nano became famous worldwide at the time of its launch and it was the dream project of Ratan Tata. However, despite its low price the Nano never did well in the market. Therefore, the company has decided against upgrading it according to the new safety norms. The is currently focusing on its new range of vehicles and had earlier sated that it wants to cut down on varied platform and models.
Maruti Suzuki Omni
The Maruti Suzuki Omni was the second model to be launched in India by the company and it came just an year after the Maruti 800 was launched, that is, 1984. It was called simply as the Maruti Van and the Omni moniker was given to it in 1988. The car has been going on ever since and essentially the same vehicle that was launched in 1984, albeit a bit more powerful now. It has been discontinued by the company as its body structure did’t alloy it to be BNSVAP compliant. however, the Eeco will still be sold and will fill the void left by the Omni to some extent.
The Mahindra Verito is actually the rebadged version of the Mahindra Renault Logan. However, the name change did not prove to be very fruitful for the company as well as the car and the Verito remained one of the least sold Mahindra products. Mahindra has no plans to continue making the car due to its low sales which would mean no benefit in making it BNSVAP compliant.
Maruti Suzuki Gypsy
The Gypsy has been another iconic vehicle by Maruti Suzuki in India and still is used by armed forces as well as many state police forces as their choice of ride. The spartan SUV was easy to maintain and had a go anywhere attitude which were its main USPs. However, it is now quite old and therefore the company has decided to discontinue it instead of making it fit the new safety bill. The latest generation gypsy equivalent by the company, called the Jimny was rumored to be coming to India but Suzuki has confirmed that it’s not going to happen for now.
The Tata Sumo MUV too would be removed from the market soon and it would not get a replacement anytime soon. The Sumo has remained one of the favourite people-mover over the years but has begun to show its age of lately. The rugged Sumo would see an end due to the stricter safety guidelines in India. However, there is a slight possibility that Tata might bring the SUV name back.
Many would be surprised to know that the Xylo is still available and is not discontinued yet. The Xylo may have those oddball looks but had very comfortable and spacious interiors which was among the main reasons why it performed decently in terms of sales. It has been in air since some time that the company will discontinue the car soon. However, with the deadline inching closer, the Xylo would cease to exist just anytime from now.