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The Maruti Omni and Eeco are the two best-selling models for Maruti Suzuki in India. Now, MoneyControl reports that the Omni and Eeco will be updated to meet the new crash test norms, which will be implemented from October 1, 2019.
Currently, nine out of 15 Maruti Suzuki models comply with the new crash test regulations. The two entry-level hatchbacks: Alto and WagonR are already being updated which is likely to meet the new safety standards. The remaining two models are the Omni and the Eeco.
Both the Maruti Omni and Eeco feature a platform that is eight years old and the Eco scored a zero star rating in the Global NCAP crash tests conducted in 2016. Executive Director of Maruti Suzuki India, CV Raman has confirmed that the company is working on the updated Omni and Eeco.
Under the new crash test norms, all cars should comply with full frontal impact, offset frontal impact and lateral or side impact norms from October 1, 2019. The Pedestrian safety norms will be implemented from October 1, 2018 for the new models, whereas for the existing cars it will be applied from October 1, 2020.
Both the Omni and the Eeco are crucial products for Maruti Suzuki in the Indian market. Both the models account for around 12,000 to 13,000 units per month or ten percent of its total domestic sales in a month. The Omni and Eeco are offered in five, seven and eight-seater variants.
The Maruti Omni and Eeco are popular in urban and rural markets. Both the models are used as taxis in the metro cities due to its low maintenance cost and high seating capacity. But when it comes to safety, the Omni and Eeco are outdated compared to the current safety regulations.
Thoughts On The Maruti Omni and Eeco
The Maruti Omni and Eeco have been the best-selling models for Maruti Suzuki and both the cars are quite outdated as far as safety is concerned. Now, Maruti is developing the updated versions of the Omni and Eeco to meet the upcoming new crash test norms. It is a good move by the Indian automaker to rake up the safety of both the models.