No new launches for Toyota in India this year apart from Hiace – Report

Posted on: Feb 25, 2015 - 4:24pm IST

2016 will see the company launch the new Innova and Fortuner.

Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) will not launch an all-new model in India this year, save for the Hiace people-mover. In an interview with the PTI, the company’s Senior Vice-President & Director for Marketing and Sales, N Raja, confirmed that there wouldn’t be any fresh launches this year.

Spied 2016 Toyota Innova rear end
The new generation Innova has started its testing in India.

Last year, TKM introduced mild facelifts for the Etios Liva and Etios sedan, entered the pseudo-crossover segment with the Etios Cross and introduced the new generation Corolla Altis in the market. However, for 2015, the company has announced plans to launch the Hiace in mid-2015, while an entry-level 2.5-liter variant on the Fortuner and a 3.0-liter 4×4 AT variant on the SUV were introduced last month.

Come 2016 though and TKM would launch the new generation versions of the Innova and Fortuner, sources in the know told Indian Autos Blog. In fact, the new Innova and Fortuner are expected to be revealed internationally this year, with an Indian debut at the 2016 Auto Expo in February being a high possibility.

Toyota Hiace front at Bus and Special Vehicle Show 2015
The Hiace is reported to be imported to India through the CBU route.

Also read: Toyota Vios (Honda City rival) caught testing in Bengaluru

Until the launch of the next gen Fortuner and Innova, TKM would retain interest levels on the current generation models by way of special editions and new variants.

Toyota Hiace – Image Gallery

[Source – Economic Times]

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2 thoughts on “No new launches for Toyota in India this year apart from Hiace – Report

  1. dinesh shekhar says:

    It is the poor state of affairs that the parent Toyota doesn’t received from their Indian division. It is going to be a tough battle for Toyota to win from the likes of Hyundai, Nissan-Renault combine, Ford or the ever formidable Suzuki when you speak about Indian market. As there are a number of examples that an auto company can win the hearts of Indian customers like what Ecosport did for Ford’s fortune, Hyundai’s line up in various segments and for sure, Suzuki’s ever growing updates and launches keeping Indian tastes. It doesnt finish here – Hyundai is launching the I-20 cross and IX25 to catch the imagination of the Indian youth, Renault-Nissan combine would be launching the lodgy and captur in the near future and Suzuki’s line up with SX4-SCross and XBA, Toyota should wake up and take Indians a bit more seriously !!

  2. Vikram Viswanathan says:

    That’s a poor move from Toyota. They are lagging a lot in terms of following the market trend. Toyota desperately needs a Mid-Range Sedan, a premium Hatch and a sub 4-meter SUV.


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