Toyota India rules out sub-4m SUV, sedan – Report


Aravind Jayachandran,

It goes without saying that I’m a huge petrolhead and can apparently convert all my driving emotions into words you can read.

Will not develop products tailor-made for India.

Speaking to GaadiWaadi, Mr. Naveen Soni, Vice President at Toyota Kirloskar Motor has stated that Toyota will not develop an India-specific sub-4m SUV or sedan, despite the growing trend of the said bodystyles in the country.

Toyota Etios Liva side at the 2014 Nepal Auto Show
Despite the good demand of sub-4m SUVs and sedans in the market, Toyota will not join the bandwagon anytime soon. Image of the Etios Liva for representation use only.

He said:

As far as the sub-4m category is concerned, we don’t want to make tailor-made cars only for India that is something that we’ve been saying is a compromised solution of sorts, whether it’s a car or it’s an SUV.

Older reports suggested that Toyota would shift its focus towards the premium segments, for which the brand has a strong presence, courtesy of the Toyota Innova and Toyota Fortuner. For entry-level segments, TKM is considering the introduction the Daihatsu brand in India, which has a product range of budget-friendly hatchbacks and SUV in various other markets.

Daihatsu Terios Spirit front three quarters right at the 2014 Indonesia International Motor Show
For entry-level segments, TKM is considering the introduction the Daihatsu brand in India.

Also Read: 2016 Toyota Fortuner to launch in India by end-2016

Mr Soni did mention in the interview that Toyota could consider introducing the Rush SUV, although it could be sold as the Daihatsu Terios in India.

2015 Daihatsu Terios (facelift) – Image Gallery

[Source: GaadiWaadi]

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