7% sales of Toyota Fortuner, Toyota Innova lost due to diesel ban – Report
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Both models reported to get petrol variants soon.
Speaking to Car and Bike, N Raja, Director and Senior Vice President (Sales & Marketing) of Toyota Kirloskar Motor said that the company lost 7 percent sales of the Toyota Innova and Toyota Fortuner due to the diesel ban in Delhi NCR.
Introduced in December 2015, the rule implemented by the Supreme Court bans the registration of all diesel vehicles with engines displacing above 2000 cc in the Delhi NCR region, citing reasons such as the alarming levels of pollution in the Capital.
The Toyota Innova and Fortuner have engines that displace over 2.4L, thus falling under the ban in Delhi NCR, one of the most important cities for the two models. It has also affected the launch timeline of the Toyota Innova Crysta, as well as forced Toyota to reevaluate its investments in the Indian market, another TKM official said to a newspaper last week.
As a short-term solution, Toyota will introduce petrol variants of the Toyota Innova Crysta and the next gen Fortuner for cities where the rule has taken effect. The engine is likely to be the 2.7L four cylinder VVT-i unit, which develops 164 PS at 5,200 rpm and 25 kg-m of torque at 4,000 rpm, and paired to a 6-speed automatic gearbox.
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[Source: Car and Bike]