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Japanese carmaker Toyota has decided not to bring the 2020 Corolla Altis sedan to India states a new report by ET Auto. According to the report, the reason for the Corolla's exit is the fact that the Japanese carmaker's portfolio for India has been utterly overhauled, which in turn means the end of the rebadged Corolla plans that Maruti Suzuki had for re-entering the C-Segment with a new mid-size sedan.
Another reason given for the decision to drop the Toyota Corolla in India is the fact that the Corolla and other C-Segment sedans have been seeing a steady drop in sales numbers. This along with the expected rise in costs due to the upcoming BS-VI emission norms would have made the Corolla a very expensive option which despite Maruti and Toyota joining forces would not have made sense.
However, Toyota's plans to sell rebadged Maruti Suzuki products in India will continue with the Baleno premium hatchback set to become the first vehicle from India's best-selling automaker a different Japanese badge on its nose and boot. After the Baleno, Toyota will use the Vitara Brezza for India.
However, it is not all bad news for Maruti as the company with regards to the team up with Toyota. The same ET auto Report also states that Suzuki and Toyota will be jointly developing an SUV and a MPV for the C-Segment in the Indian car market. However, any plans for a C-Segment Maruti sedan now seem to be over.
Toyota will also help Maruti localise the hybrid tech for its models to help the nation's largest carmaker get in line with Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) emission standards that go into effect in 2022.
Toyota will use the rebadged Maruti cars to help itself comply with the stricter CAFE norms which require cars to be 30 per cent or more fuel efficient from 2022. Other than the Maruti Suzuki Baleno hatchback and the Vitara Brezza compact SUV, Toyota is expected to sell rebadged versions of the Ciaz sedan and the Ertiga MPV in the Indian sub-continent, the former of which is expected to remain Maruti's most expensive sedan for a long time now.