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Old 6th March 2006, 13:44   #1
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Default Maruti to stop Zen Production

Saw the news on NDTV. By March end this year, Zen prodcution will be stopped. here is the link:
Zen rides into sunset

Sigh, an era is comin to an end it seems..

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In 2005, Maruti sold 44,960 Zens, 85,441 WagonRs, 152480 Altos and 91865 Maruti 800s. For calender 2005, sale of Zen was a third less than the 67,820 units it sold in the previous year. This has come at a time when overall compact car sales have risen upwards of 20%.
That was really an eye opener. WagonR sales almost double that of Zen!.. hmm who would have thought of this scenario 5 years back!
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This is both good news and bad news.

Good news because the looks of the updated zen are no more exciting. And the interiors remained almost the same for the last 12 years.

Bad news because, Zen was an era in the india auto industry. It was one car in india that caught the attention of people of all ages.

If the production is really stopped, resale prices of used Zens may go up. There are still many people who like the looks of jelly bean shaped Zen compared to the tall boys.
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Zen was definitly the boy racer's dream.. because it was so affordable and had a revv happy engine . However, now, there are better options available in the market, and with cars like Santro, Indica, WagonR offering more space and practicality at the same price, with much more contemporary looks, the demise of Zen was inevitable.
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It had to happen....kinda sad as I liked the Zen.
I wouldnt lose sleep if the 800 would vanish though to be honest...

But since they only had a facelift 2 yrs ago maybe they could have gone and sold it for a year or two more?
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Ummm.... Mods could you please change the topic to "Maruti to stop production of Zen" ?? Just now got an earful from Psycho for giving him the scare of his life! He thought i was putting my zen to rest!!
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FINALLY death to the Zen!! So God does exist.

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i liked the older zen better than the new one i think this was to come as soon as the swift was released in the market
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great car. have one since april2005.
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Thank God. Finally Maruti did it.
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little off topic, what shall one do who has brought it say year or two ago? Is it a time to seel before it depriciates fully?
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So the M800 outlives the ZEN... Long Live M800
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Sorry.. Off topic but what needed to be killed on priority was the coffin on wheels - OMNI!!

And The old Zen was better - much better to look at - Strange how all thier zen makovers looked much worse than the original (rememeber the Zen Classic )
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Phew! at last! till the last drop.

maybe they couldnt deform the zen more to make money out of it. Glad that its being put to rest!

Enough selling us old stuff.
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I don't think they'll kill off the Omni so fast. It's got a good following among the delivery people, pharma, etc. especially the LPG variant.
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