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Toyota to manufacture hybrid cars in India from 2022. The company officials confirmed that they will focus on producing locally manufactured hybrid cars rather than the non-hybrid cars in the country.
According to NDTV Auto,the company is inclined towards manufacturing hybrid vehicles in future. The locally assembled hybrid vehicles will help the company to price them aggressively, which will appeal to a wider audience.
Due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, most manufacturers including (TKM) Toyota Kirloskar Motors are rethinking their strategy for the coming years. Speaking to the media, Vikram Kirloskar, Vice Chairman, Toyota Kirloskar Motors, confirmed that the company will focus on hybrid cars in the coming years.
He also confirmed that there are no strategies in place to introduce non-hybrid and small vehicles to the company's portfolio in future. As is, the Innova Crysta and the Fortuner are the company's best sellers in the Indian market.
Toyota's hybrid portfolio is filled with full-hybrid or plug-in hybrid vehicles. These vehicles feature a bigger capacity battery or a fuel cell or a pure EV. The company will look to introduce these green vehicles in India depending on the power and the type of energy available in the country.
TKM favours introduction of its hybrid vehicles in India, as the country still has 60 to 70 per cent of coal-fired plants for gasoline-fuel, and that the hybrids are far cleaner than EVs according to the company's research.
Toyota will also share its hybrid technology with Maruti Suzuki because of a strategic partnership formed between both the companies. The intentions form the company is clear for the coming years, and this can be seen in its investment of a battery plant in the country.
New Suzuki-Toyota-Denso plant which is coming up in Gujurat will be used to manufacture the (HEV) hybrid electric vehicles systems, engines, and batteries. With the locally produced parts, the hybrid-vehicles are expected to be priced much lower.
Earlier this year, The company had showcased its range of hybrid, electric and fuel-cell powered cars at the time of Toyota Vellfirelaunch in India. The cars showcased included the hybrid-powered Toyota Camry, the pure-electric vehicle Toyota EQ, and the hydrogen fuel-cell-powered Toyota Mirai; among others.
In related news, Toyota is currently fighting the on-going COVID-19 pandemic by introducing various initiatives in the country. The company recently announced that they will be donating Haz-Mat suits to the Government to help the officials battling the disease — here are more details.
Thoughts About The Toyota Hybrid Cars To Be Made In India From 2022
Toyota has proven track record with its hybrid vehicles, and are among the best-integrated technology as well. The Toyota Prius started off the hybrid vehicle revolution for the brand across the world. With the increasing environmental awareness in the country, hybrid vehicles are a suitable solution to individuals looking to shift from conventional gasoline-powered cars.