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.
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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.