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Top 10 Maruti Cars From The 1980s To 1990s!

by Navyatha Sandiri

Maruti Suzuki India Limited, India’s leading car manufacturer, formerly known as Maruti Udyog Limited, is a subsidiary of the Japanese automaker Suzuki Motor Corporation. Maruti Suzuki started operations in India in 1981 and began production in 1983 after two years. MSI has a strong presence in the growing market, with the highest market share in the Indian automotive industry. Commonly known as Maruti, the company’s line-up includes a wide range of items including hatchbacks, sedans, SUVs, MPVs, and vans. In addition to domestic sales, the company also exports its cars to leading overseas markets such as European automotive markets.

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1981 Suzuki SJ410

In 1981 Suzuki had a further growth in domestic success, but it really exploded into new markets with the launch of the SJ410. It was an entirely new concept for a 4×4 vehicle with a modern, trendy look. While this was eased with rear gas damping and better approach and departure angles, it was still a hanging leaf spring due to the utility legacy.

1981 Suzuki SJ410

The new bodywork with its inclined grille was fitted with a new interior and brand new engine that produced a 45bhp 4 cylinder 1000cc four-cylinder. The separate frame and small dimensions combined with a bigger engine to make the SJ410 a real off-road giant-killer and the leisure 4×4 market built by Suzuki continued to grow.

1983 Suzuki Cultus

The Suzuki Cultus is a supermini car produced from 1983 to 2003 by the Japanese company Suzuki, now a reloaded Suzuki Celerio in Pakistan since 2017. The second generation Cultus was in service in Pakistan until the end of 2016. It was offered in four versions with the Suzuki G family of engines. The vehicle family Cultus has been commercialized in Asia, North America, South America, Australia, and Europe. While they were never officially marketed in New Zealand they were smuggled into the secondary market and sold there.

1983 Suzuki Cultus

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1984 Maruti Omni

The Maruti Omni is a microvan, manufactured by the Indian subsidiary of Suzuki, Maruti Suzuki. Maruti Omni’s first edition had an inline-three engine of 796 cc (49 cu in), the same as the Maruti 800 city car. Sold simply as the Maruti Bus, this was Maruti Suzuki’s second vehicle to take off. It arrived in 1984, just one year after the 800. In 1988 the name changed to “Omni.” It received a facelift in 1998[63] and further minor updates in 2005 when the exterior and interior were improved and new colors became available.

1984 Maruti Omni

Maruti Gypsy

The Maruti Gypsy is a four-wheel-drive vehicle based on the Suzuki Jimny SJ40/410 long-wheelbase model. It is mainly an off-road vehicle, or a vehicle for unprepared and rugged roads. It had been sold as Suzuki Farm Worker in New Zealand. It was manufactured at the Gurgaon plant in India, at Maruti Suzuki.

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It is produced by Maruti Suzuki in India. It was launched with the 970 cc F10A Suzuki engine in the Indian market in December 1985 and while sales were never very high it became very popular with law enforcement. It was called MG410, which was used for “1.0-liter Maruti Gypsy4-Cylinders.” Originally only available as a soft-top, but after a hardtop became popular on the aftermarket a boom was later introduced to the public.

1988 Suzuki Swift GTi

Suzuki launched the flagship GTi (AA33S) model in June 1986, with improvements in styling and performance over other versions. It was originally only available as a three-door manual opener, although a five-door variant called GXi was added later. The GTi was one of the first Suzuki to feature electronic fuel injection on their G13B twin-cam high-performance engine. Due to a shorter stroke (75.5 mm, down from the previous 77 mm), fuel injection and 97 PS (71 kW) on the Japanese market this new engine has 1298 cc. The front brake system has also been modified to a greater disk diameter.

1988 Suzuki Swift GTi

1984 Maruti Suzuki SJ413

SJ413 — Suzuki introduced an improved SJ model with a lightweight 1.3-liter four-cylinder engine that developed 66 bhp, as indicated by the model name. Within, the SJ413’s comfort levels were built in line with customer requirements, and a five-speed gearbox included.

1984 Maruti Suzuki SJ413

1987 Suzuki Forsa

It was sold in Ecuador, Chile, Canada, and the U.S. from 1985 to 1988–with Suzuki selling the supermini either with a 1.0-liter carbureted inline three-cylinder engine or 1.0-liter fuel injected inline 3-cylinder turbocharged engine.

1987 Suzuki Forsa

An undetermined number of Forsa superminis have been smuggled into Hawaii and Puerto Rico, and some have made their way to the mainland of the United States. The EPO lists the Forsa 1985 models like the Suzuki SA310, not called in 1986 and the Forsa Turbo and the Forsa Turbo 1987, 1988 or 1988. In 1984, in the form of Chevrolet and Pontiac, Suzuki and General Motors in the United States reproduced Suzuki Cultus, with Suzuki offering its own brand as Forsa.

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1988 Suzuki New Vitara

Upon the introduction of the all-new Vitara, the Suzuki 4×4 family grew, a 3-door model that soon developed its own enthusiastic following. A 1.6-liter lightweight alloy engine complemented the new Vitara. This was a true 4×4, with an individual steel frame, a 5-speed gearbox, a4-wheel drive system, and an integrated two-speed transmission box. The leaf springs of previous models replaced with front-and-rear spindle springs, automatic steering power and a functional, but much more comfortable interior, have nevertheless reached new heights.

1988 Suzuki New Vitara

1989 Suzuki Swift 3-door (US)

The Swift featured a three-cylinder inline 993 cc engine that produced 55 hp (41 kW). The G10 motor was about 63 kg (139 lb), similar to Geo Metro and other North American variants. Many engine configurations included an eight-valve, 1.3-liter G13 carbureted or fuel-injected SOHC. Trim rates comprised 1.0 GA and 1.0 GL. Plastic wheel covers, four-speed gearbox, and cloth trim were included in the GA edition. For some countries, the GL model featured more equipment, including a five-speed gearbox, alloy wheels, a sunroof, and air conditioning.

1989 Suzuki Swift 3-door (US)

1998-2002 Maruti Esteem

In 1994 an improved 1.3-liter engine with a similar appearance and the new name of Maruti Esteem was introduced. Initially, the car looked very similar to the Maruti 1000, with the exception of different seat and door trim fabrics and the rear’ Respect ‘ badge. The first model had a carbureted engine of 65 hp (48 kW) but this was replaced in 1999 by a 16-valve fuel-injected of 85 hp (63 kW). This proved to have one of the highest power-to-weight ratios in the under-two-liter class and helped the Esteem achieve considerable success in Indian auto racing, where rallying is still popular.

1998-2002 Maruti Esteem

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