Toyota is aiming to launch hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles in the C- and B-high segments in the domestic market by 2022
Toyota Kirloskar Motor will be introducing a slew of hybrids and PHEVs in the near future in the Indian market and they will be mostly in the small and medium segments. According to a report emerged on the internet, the Japanese manufacturer is looking at launching these eco-friendly vehicles during the second phase of CAFÉ (Corporate Average Fuel Efficiency).
The scheme demands more fuel economy (30 per cent) from the existing models and Toyota has been confirmed targetting the year 2022 to make a move, as per TKM’s Deputy Managing Director, N Raja. This will help in Toyota leveraging its international production range that comprises of some of the top-selling hybrids, plug-in hybrids and apparent electric vehicles.
It is no secret that the partnership between Toyota and Japanese compatriot Suzuki has plenty of significance for both the brand’s future. Toyota could utilise the synergy and use Suzuki’s battery production facility in Gujarat to manufacture EVs reportedly.
Since the CAFÉ regulations mandate average CO2 emissions of 113 g/km as opposed to 130 gm, manufacturers will be in a position to eventually switch to alternative energy sources or hybrids. Raja further stated that Toyota will look into “C- and B-high segment” for hybrids and PHEVs.
It has to be noted that Toyota introduced the new generation Camry Hybrid in January 2019 as the brand wants to make an impact in this burgeoning space. Toyota could launch the hybrid version of the Corolla as well in India, as the new generation of the sedan only saw the light recently in global markets.
As we reported a while ago, Toyota will be aiming to capitalise on the new rule of allowing car makers to import 2,500 vehicles annually without homologation, and it could result in top-notch global models like RAV4 introduced in India. Before all these, Toyota will be focussing on launching the rebadged Baleno and Vitara Brezza in India, and the former is due in the coming months.