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.
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.
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.