Toyota studying feasibility of Toyota Vios hybrid for India – Report
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Would be sold alongside the upcoming Toyota Corolla hybrid and Camry hybrid.
According to ET Auto, TKM (Toyota Kirloskar Motor) is studying the feasibility of a Toyota Vios hybrid for the Indian market. It would be sold alongside the upcoming Toyota Corolla hybrid and Toyota Camry hybrid.
Manufacturers are halting big investments on diesel-powered cars due to the falling demand in India. The reasons are the narrowing price gap between petrol and diesel fuels and lower price of petrol-powered cars.
Also, new diesel-powered cars will have to make the jump to BS VI emission norms, which come into effect in 2020. It will significantly increase development costs in diesel-powered cars which, for entry-level mass market products, will not make a strong business case. Cars can get similar levels of fuel efficiency from a petrol-electric powertrain, whilst being a less expensive investment than BS VI-complying diesel powertrains.
Technical details on the Toyota Vios hybrid are up for speculation, as the variant is not produced anywhere globally at this time. It is likely to pack a small Atkinson cycle petrol engine paired to an electric motor and CVT, similar to the setup in the Camry and Corolla hybrids.
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[Source: ET Auto]