Toyota Kirloskar has now announced about the plans of exporting “Made in India” and “India’s First” Toyota Etios Twins to South Africa. The company will start exporting the cars by March 2012. Although, it is important to note that:
- Presently only Petrol variants of the Etios twins will be exported.
- The export models of Etios and Liva will be built on the same platform as sold in India.
- There will be a few tweaks in terms of customizations, tech. specifications and features in order to adjust with the different market needs.
The Etios is currently manufactured in TKM’s second plant located in Bidadi industrial area on the outskirts of Bangalore. The export model will also be manufactured in the same plant. The current production capacity in the second plant is 80,000 units which has been ramped upto 1,20,000 units by 2012 and 2,10,000 units by 2013. The engine and transmission for the Etios sold in India and export markets will be manufactured at Toyota Kirloskar Auto Parts. Approximately 100,000 engines will be produced per year starting in the third quarter of 2012 and approximately 240,000 transmissions per year starting in early 2013. The engines and transmissions are currently being imported from Japan.