Toyota Etios Sedan Launched @ Rs.4.96 Lacs!


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Toyota’s compact family car (code: EFC 800L) will be launched in India in two body styles, a saloon and a hatchback. The saloon will be launched in December 2010 or January 2011 and will be followed by the hatchback four months later. However, the concept will be unveiled at the Auto Expo in January 2010. Both the saloon and hatchback will be powered by petrol and diesel engines. A new range of petrol engines has been developed with capacities ranging from 1.2 litres to 1.5 litres. A 1.4 diesel, similar to the motor that powers the Yaris will be common to the hatchback and saloon though its likely that each will have different power and torque ratings.

According to Toyota engineers, the EFC will offer class-leading space at the back and has been designed with Indian consumers in mind. India is the lead country for the EFC and will be the main global production base, followed by Brazil. Toyota has designed and developed the EFC to strict cost targets which it has managed to achieve thanks to high localization and use of the home grown supply base. For the first time, Toyota has not automatically chosen its traditional suppliers as they have not met the cost targets Toyota has set for the EFC’s components.

Toyota has ambitious plans to sell 350,000 to 400,000 cars in total by 2015 which the company estimated should account for 10 percent of the Indian market.

Source - Autocar

To take on the fierce price competition in the mass-market passenger car segment, Toyota's planned small car will be benchmarked against existing hatchbacks such as the Suzuki Swift and the Hyundai i20. It will be positioned at the premium end of the small car market and will be relevant to the Indian buyer's tastes and preferences.

Talking to Business Line, Mr Yoshinori Noritake, Chief Engineer, Product Planning, Toyota Vehicle Development Centre 2, said that the new car being developed by Toyota and due for launch by late next year or early 2011, will be within four metres in length and will be feature a 1.2-litre gasoline engine initially.

The same car platform and the same engine block could be used to develop a sedan with a slightly bigger, possibly, 1.5-litre petrol engine, he said. A diesel engine within the 1.5-litre engine size requirement (for the lower excise duty levy) may follow the petrol version.

Mr Noritake said that the company's development programme is taking into consideration a sizeable level of research that has been conducted on the Indian small car buyer's preferences by TKM. The design will be globally relevant and yet, enable Toyota to keep costs low, while the quality matches the company's global level of quality demands.

Though Toyota is working on keeping costs low by sharing components and by increasing the level of local sourcing, the company is still not going to compromise on some quality parameters.

One of those is reflected in the selection of a four-cylinder engine for the proposed car.

Though a three-cylinder engine may be cheaper to produce, Mr Noritake felt that it will lower the level of refinement of the car and so the choice was not made.

The small car will also be at least 10 per cent more fuel-efficient than a similar-size competing vehicle currently in the Indian market.

Source - IndiaCar
 
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Toyota to unveil concept compact car in India next month

Toyota Motor Corporation would unveil the concept model of its compact car for the Indian market next month.


Toyota's Indian unit, Toyota Kirloskar Motor Pvt Ltd (TKM) plans to start production of its much awaited compact car in December next year at its second plant being built in Bangalore.

The compact car project is Toyota's most ambitious venture in India in its 11-year existence and the company is betting big on this initiative to become a volume player.

TKM deputy managing director Sandeep Singh said
Both hatchback and sedan version of concept vehicle of the compact car will be showcased at Auto Expo (to be held at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi from January 5 to 11). It's a concept vehicle coming from Japan. Production will start by December of 2010. First year production plan is 70,000.

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Bangalore: Japanese car maker Toyota Motor Corporation would unveil the concept model of its compact car for the Indian market next month.

Toyota's Indian unit, Toyota Kirloskar Motor Pvt Ltd (TKM) plans to start production of its much awaited compact car in December next year at its second plant being built in Bangalore.

The compact car project is Toyota's most ambitious venture in India in its 11-year existence and the company is betting big on this initiative to become a volume player.

"Both hatchback and sedan version of concept vehicle of the compact car will be showcased at Auto Expo (to be held at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi from January 5 to 11)", TKM Deputy Managing Director Sandeep Singh said. "It's a concept vehicle coming from Japan".

"Production will start by December of 2010. First year production plan is 70,000", he said.

TKM is also showcasing its Toyota Prius hybrid car in the biennial event in the national capital and is looking for its launch in the Indian market.

"Prius we are going to display and you can say we are talking about launch of the Prius", Singh said.

He said Prius is not a volume product and the company is just looking to sell just a few numbers.

http://www.financialexpress.com/news/toyota-to-unveil-concept-compact-car-in-dec/548498/
 
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Toyota to produce 70,000 compact cars in 1st year

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Deputy Managing Director TKM, Sandeep Singh told
To begin with we will be manufacturing 70,000 units of the compact car and are looking at a 10 per cent market share within one year of its release. The compact car would be 70 per cent indigenous except for the engine which will be imported from Japan
 

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Toyota Etios- The new small car to be showcased in Autoexpo

Christened: Toyota Etios
Published Dec 22, 2009

NEW DELHI — Toyota's new Entry Family Car, which debuts in early January at Auto Expo 2010, will be called Etios.

The name Etios, which means "the origin of," will be officially announced at the Delhi show, according to Autocar India. The concept is expected to be 90 percent true to the production version that goes on sale in late 2010.

Toyota will showcase both hatchback and notchback body styles, but when the car is ready for production, it will be the notchback that will be launched first, followed three months later by the hatch. Toyota wants a gradual ramp up in production to ensure that there is no compromise on its quality and hence wants the hatch, which will sell in larger volumes, to come later.

Toyota is understood to have squeezed out costs wherever possible to ensure that the Etios is as price-competitive as possible and within striking reach of the Maruti Swift. According to company sources, the Etios will come with only one wiper, and the seats have been built to a cost as well. The interior plastics are expected to be basic but hard-wearing, and there have been a few compromises on the NVH package as well.

The Etios will come with two engine options — a 1.4-liter diesel that powers the Yaris and a 1.2- or 1.3-liter gasoline unit. Toyota already has a 1.3 (K3) engine, but it is not clear if that unit will be further downsized to under 1,200cc to meet India's small-car regulations.

Inside Line says: India will be the lead plant in the world for the Etios, followed by Brazil, thus further consolidating India as a global hub for small cars. — Hormazd Sorabjee, Correspondent

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Toyota's Teaser site for Expo.

Toyota's Upcoming Etios' teaser site is now up! and I must add that countdown timer is Innovatively made. Click Here for action.



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....and a teaser video of Toyota's all new mid-sized sedan - Etios.

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Some Scoop pictures of Etios which will make official debut in India tomorrow, At Auto Expo. On behalf of RSM. (Source: NDTV Facebook Page).

Starting with Toyota Etios Hatchback, Do we see the Subaru Impreza touch here (front) with traditional blue color? :wink:





Toyota Etios Sedan ;




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350Z, do you have any picture of "Subaru Impreza" to compare this hatch with?

Hatchback is looking good.
Sedan rear side is looking like Accent.
 
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