The diesel vehicle ban in Delhi has made carmakers think not just twice, but thrice about their vehicle lineup. Toyota, which has two of its best selling models that are above 2000cc is planning to launch petrol versions of the same.
The Toyota Innova and Fortuner are both sold in India with diesel engines that are larger than 2000cc. Now, after the ban, Toyota is thinking of introducing petrol engines for all its models, including the Innova and Fortuner to help the company with sales.
Since both the models are good selling products, Toyota is likely to take a major dent in sales after the ban, and diesel vehicles account for majority of Toyota's sales in India.
When the Toyota Innova MPV was introduced in India first, there was a petrol variant, but had to be discontinued owing to poor demand. Now, however, the ban has made Toyota thinking about re-introducing petrol models of not just the Innova, but the Fortuner SUV as well.
According to data with the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), Toyota had sold around 91,588 vehicles in india during April to November 2015. Of that number, 50,771 units were the Innova and Fortuner. Also, Delhi NCR accounts for 14 percent of Toyota's annual sales.