Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Toyota to launch much awaited Diesel variants of Etios and Liva on 9th September




Toyota has finally announced the launch date of their much awaited Diesel version of Etios and Liva cars. These cars were launched last year in the petrol variants but their diesel version were due to be launched.

"Yes, we are launching the diesel variants of the two cars on September 9. We aimed to introduce the two versions in August, but had to postpone by a month due to the earthquake and tsunami in Japan," Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) Deputy Managing Director Sandeep Singh (Marketing) said.

He, however, declined to share further details such as engine specifications and price, saying these information will be announced on the day of launch.
When asked about the production plans, Singh said: "At present we are making about 6,000 units of Etios and Liva. We are ramping up the production volume to 6,800-7,000 units by the October that will include the diesel versions also. Singh had earlier said the company is planning to sell 60,000 units of both Etios and Liva, of which over 20,000 units are likely to be Liva. Last month, the company had announced an investment of nearly Rs 1,650 crore to ramp up the production capacity by one lakh units and for increasing localisation of components by 2014.  The capacity at the first plant will be hiked to 1,00,000 units from 90,000 units, while the output at the second plant will be increased to 2,10,000 units from 1,20,000 units.

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