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Old 22nd October 2009, 16:14   #1
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Default Toyota reveals its hatchback plans for India

At Tokyo Motor Show Autocar India has learnt that 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.

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Old 22nd October 2009, 18:34   #2
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I think its Toyota Yaris in hatchback and sedan body styles.
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yes it is toyota yaris
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1) Good news, but not the best package. This car is likely to come with 1.2 petrol engine.

2) The real surprise can be new gen Swift. Already the spy shots are there and I am sure that it will be more spacious than the current Swift. Then I think Toyota will have to come up with more exciting car than the Yaris.

Source of Toyota news : Toyota small car to be benchmarked against Swift, i20

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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.
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Finally some concrete news! So the new hatchback wont be called the Yaris?? The most exciting part is a saloon version! Finally Toyota !!! Bring it on !!
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As per the news release from Tokyo auto expo,
TOYOTA will showcase the hatch & sedan to be launched in India by the end of 2010 during the Auto expo in January 2010
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What's funny though is that they're benchmarking their small car against the Swift and i20, while the positioning (read pricing) is planned at the premium end of the small car market (read Fabia and Jazz).

If Toyota can price its small car at a point competitive with the Swift, that'll really be something, but I highly doubt it.
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If Toyota can price its small car at a point competitive with the Swift, that'll really be something, but I highly doubt it.
Toyota aims for 70% localisation , but i dont think it will reach pricing levels of Swift, by the time Toyota s hatchback hits our market the Next Gen Swift would also be launched in our market . I think Toyota would prefer pricing it between i20 and Jazz , if they want nos. then they gotta price it between Swift and i20.
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I think Toyota would prefer pricing it between i20 and Jazz , if they want nos. then they gotta price it between Swift and i20.
A Toyota hatch wouldn't be cheaper than a Hyundai. Looking at the Jazz, they sure will be foolish to price it in the same range but you never know. 50K less than Jazz and it will find quite a few takers. Toyota does have the same 'brand value' as the Honda.
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Toyota and their plans for India... Yawn! They are sleeping too...Honda is the one laughing all the way to their bank. Toyota doesn't seem to have any exciting products at the moment anyway.
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Toyota and their plans for India... Yawn! They are sleeping too...Honda is the one laughing all the way to their bank. Toyota doesn't seem to have any exciting products at the moment anyway.
I think you have forgotten the Fortuner. Selling like a hot cake for a 20L car.
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This will mean more trouble for Honda City and Jazz and all other direct competitors, depending on the Toyota's pricing for these cars.

So the last of Honda's bastion in India, that is City is in for deep trouble due to impending competition from Toyota and Polo Sedan. Hope this will force Honda to come down from its high horse and offer some sensible pricing in India.
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Toyota with a small car would be the only company that could demand 'default' trust from the Indian customer and take the fight to Maruti Suzuki.
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I would love to buy the Yaris when they launch it in India. Its one superb small car. It very very utilitarian, fuss free and robust. And its a Toyota.
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good news for hatchback buyers from toyota india.this is the market where toyota is saying to come out with their car as well.Yaris which is heard would compete with jazz,i20 and punto.Any idea about its pricing of this new small car?any scoops?Sid where are you mate
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