Toyota India won’t launch AMT-fitted cars as tech not durable enough – Report

Posted on: Mar 11, 2015 - 8:45pm IST

New Innova likely to be offered with a conventional AT.

While the AMT (automated manual transmission) technology is starting to go mainstream, with more manufacturers expected to introduce, or develop a suitable system, Toyota says it is not interested in offering this gearbox.

Toyota Etios Cross front fascia at the 2014 NADA Auto Show Nepal
Save for the Etios range and Innova, other cars sold by TKM offer an automatic transmission.

Mr. N Raja, director and senior vice president, Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) India, acknowledged that the market was moving towards the automatic variants, but said that TKM will stick to conventional automatic transmission. The top official said that the AMT has a higher number of moving parts and hence would not be as durable as a traditional automatic.

Currently TKM offers a Lexus-developed CVT on the Corolla Altis, a torque-converter 5-speed AT on the Fortuner and Land Cruiser Prado, a 6-speed AT on the Camry and LC 200, and an E-CVT on the Camry Hybrid and Prius. The entry-level Etios Liva, Cross and sedan, and the volume seller Innova, are solely available with a 5-speed manual transmission.

2016 Toyota Innova IAB render front
While the current generation of the Innova AT is unavailable in India, the next gen model (seen here in our render) is likely to be.

However, sources said that the next generation Innova will get an automatic transmission paired to a diesel engine. The Hiace that launches in mid-2015, will also come with a diesel AT powertrain.

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The AMT, first introduced on the Celerio in India last year, found traction for its comparatively lower price over a manual variant while offering the same fuel economy as the manual transmission. Subsequently, the AMT system was launched on the new Alto K10 and the Tata Zest diesel.

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[Source – Hindustan Times]

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4 thoughts on “Toyota India won’t launch AMT-fitted cars as tech not durable enough – Report

  1. 007india says:

    People should recall the fate of daewoo. Toyota,s Tpm still long way to make impact in India. For, india technology comes next to looks. Take the case of fluidic verna. I agree import costs to be increased. At the same time vehicles with less than 1000cc has to ge encouraged

  2. Manix Nair says:

    The problem with Toyota or for that matter most of the Japanese companies not only in automobile but also in the electronics sector, try to decide what the market needs and gets. India is usually at the lower rung of the ladder, so usually do not get the latest or the greatest technology or products.

    Toyota has been selling AMT equipped vehicles in Europe where they drive even more miles than India.

    This is the exact reason why Samsung and LG were able to make inroads into Indian electronics market even after they came in much later after Sony, Panasonic and other Japanese majors.

    This is the same thing that is happening in the Indian automobile market. The Japanese majors like Toyota, Honda, etc (I would not consider Suzuki a major player since they pulled out American market) try to force down the customer throat what they think is “good enough” for Indian market. Honda learnt the Indian appetite for diesel and were able to improvise.

    The Koreans, Germans have learnt the lesson and know the Indian customer is aware of products and technology sold abroad and have learnt to introduce the latest and greatest in a very period of time.

  3. Ganshram says:

    Both Japanese and Koreans are experts in Money Laundering.
    They Import @Inflated rates and the diff is transferred to a slush fund.
    It was for this sole reason Hyundai;s Charman was put behind bars.
    After 2 years and he gave an undertaking such things wont happen in future. Yet it is happening at Hyundai.
    Suzuki wants to manufacture Car under its brand name @Gujarat and Maruti will be selling agents , which has been opposed by all minority shareholders.
    Toyota is not a big player in India and dont think they have the interest to be a big player.

    The Govt should prevent all Car manufacturers not to Import any parts except those that have a very low volume.

    I totally agree with you.
    Just watch Maruti will loose out to competitors by 2020.
    AMT requires High Torque for efficient functioning , both Celerio and Alto are petrol engines with lower torque.
    Its a failure for Maruti , they are not taking many bookings , and if you insist they will quote a waiting period of 6 monts.

    All Formula Race Cars have AMT with paddle shift and First AMT i think was on a Ferrari.
    Toyota makes uninspiring cars that is fit or Taxi segment

  4. Dr. Nayak says:

    The real reason behind this is that they can import it from Japan and charge exorbitant money for it. That way they can also transfer money to Japan! We all know how this works! No need to develop local technology or content; just import and find a way to transfer profits to the parent company ! What happened to “make it in India” Toyota?


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