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Toyota’s Small Car to be Launched in India On 27th June

The Toyota Etios Liva hatchback will be launched by Toyota Kirloskar on 27th June in Delhi. The new hatchback’s launch was delayed due to the huge demand for the Etios sedan. The Etios liva is Toyota’s first hatchback to enter the Indian car market.

Toyota had first displayed the Etios sedan and the Etios Liva hatchback at last year’s Delhi Auto Expo. Toyota is banking on the Etios Liva hatchback to make the carmaker’s presence felt in the Indian volume car segment. The maker of the Innova and Fortuner has so far concentrated only on mid segment vehicles.

Toyota has been hugely encouraged by the sales of the Etios sedan. The Japanese carmaker has already delivered more than 20,000 Etios cars in India. Toyota had to work overtime at its Bangalore plant to meet the increasing demand for the Etios.

According to top reports, Toyota wants to sell 60,000 units of the Etios sedan and the Etios Liva hatchback. Toyota Kirloskar’s DMD Marketting Sandeep Singh said, The carmaker was hoping to get a positive response on the Etios Liva from its customers. He added, the new car’s technical specifications and price will be announced during the launch.

Is Infiniti On Its Way To India?

Nissan, the Japanese carmaker is planning to introduce its luxury car brand Infiniti in India. Nissan’s corporate VP, India, Middle East and Africa, Gilles Normand is reported to have said, the company would be importing Infiniti’s luxury cars as completely built units. He added local production would be considered if there is a significant market for Infiniti’s luxury cars.
Luxury car sales in India has been growing significantly in the past few years, with monthly sales almost doubling when compared with the previous year’s sales. Hence, India is one luxury car market that Infiniti cannot ignore.  Infiniti’s model line-up includes the G sedan, FX SUV, M sedan and the EX MUV.
 Infiniti’s luxury cars have been famous for their seamless performance and excellent fit and finish. Infiniti’s cars are available with several engine choices. There have been appearance of Infiniti cars in India which have been imported by individuals. We can expect to see more of these cars once Nissan introduces Infiniti cars in the Indian car market.
Mr Normand while responding to questions about the Nissan Leaf electric car being launched in India said, market conditions have to be perfect to launch electric cars. He sought government incentives for electric cars, widespread charging infrastructure and the need to educate people about the benefits of using electric cars. Sales of the Nissan Leaf has begun in Japan, Europe and the USA.

Mr Normand also said, Nissan would be launching a new sedan in India. The sedan will compete with C segment sedans such as the Maruti Suzuki DZire. He also said Nissan was concentrating on diesel cars as the market is favourable to such cars.

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