Toyota's Indian small car shaping up in killer manner; Petrol, Diesel engines confirmed

24/02/2009 - 01:07 | ,  ,  ,  ,  ,   | Shrawan Raja

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Japanese automobile legend Toyota is getting aggressive ahead of its small car launch in India, scheduled for late next year. According to reports and sources Toyota has planned to bring in two engine choices with a 1.2 liter petrol and a 1.3 liter diesel engine.

As reported earlier, the car would be available in both sedan and hatchback versions, which is expected to roll out from the Toyota's new plant Bidadi, Near Bangalore in Karnataka.

A senior representative of Toyotak Kirloskar Motors said Toyota is planning very aggressively on this small car project which will have a high level of localization in order to price it lower.

In addition to this Toyota is evaluating the possibility of bringing its vehicle financial arm, Toyota Financial Services to boost its sales due to the crunch financial situations. It is also said that the small car project has reached half way in its development and will be launched in the next 22 months.

IAB Comment: We hope that Toyota wont make a mess like the Maruti did with the Swift and its sedan version in an attempt to make the car available in both hatch and sedan versions. Till now Toyota has always got the right type of cars in India and we hope that it would continue in this project too.

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