The diesel ban in Delhi and then recently in Kerala has Toyota unhappy and thinking its future role here in India.
Toyota says the ban on diesel cars above 2000cc is passed "against the principle of natural justice" and seriously looking at its future here in India. Toyota said they are not closing any operations as of now, however, any future launches has not been planned due to the effect of the diesel ban.
Shekar Viswanathan, Toyota Kirloskar Motor Vice-Chairman, and Whole-time Director told PTI, "We have already started re-looking at our operations. What is hurting us is not so much the ban but the unfairness. Orders are passed without hearing us. It is going against the principles of natural justice. We feel our vehicles are being targeted."
Talking about the future here in India, he said "There are about 25,000 people whose jobs are directly or indirectly linked to our operations. We are not going to abandon them."
Being not very pleased about the ban, he said, "We can understand if they banned all diesel vehicles but why only 2,000cc and above?".
Toyota is the worst hit due to the ban, its Toyota Innova Crysta and Fortuner are one of the best selling vehicles in India and both are of 2000cc and above. Delhi and Kerala are one its biggest markets in India and they are indeed affected by it.
There has been no clarity on what the future decisions of the Toyota, but the Toyota headquarters is questioning the future investments in India mainly affected by the ban on registrations of new diesel cars above 2000cc.