Thursday, January 7, 2010

Toyota Previews Low-Cost Small Car with Etios Sedan and Hatchback at New Delhi Show

When we first heard about Toyota's plans to introduce a compact car developed specifically emerging markets such as India and the South American region, our mind went to a Japanese version of the Renault-Nissan group's low-cost Dacia Logan. And true enough, Toyota's new Etios concept that was unveiled at the New Delhi Show is exactly that - it even looks a bit like the Logan too.

Toyota showed off both a five-door hatchback and a four-door saloon version of the Etios that will go on sale initially in India towards the end of the year. The production Etios will be offered with two newly developed petrol engines, a 1.2-liter and a 1.5-liter unit, while a diesel option could follow after.

Etios chief engineer, Yoshinori Noritake, said at the show: "I visited many Indian cities and homes to learn the market and to hear from the consumer directly. Over four years, more than 2,000 engineers have been involved in the development of the Etios, and each has devoted his or her best effort with no compromises. I am convinced in my heart that the Etios offers joy of ownership and quality of life to consumers in India."

Toyota alliance in India that's called "Toyota Kirloskar Motor Private, Ltd" will produce the Etios from late 2010 at its second plant, which is now being built specifically for the new car.

The Japanese automaker expects annual sales in India to reach 70,000 units while exports in other emerging markets such as Russia and the South American region are planned.


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