Toyota car maker has unveiled new car four-door sedan model concept for the Indian Market, it’s Toyota Etios 2010 at 2010 New Delhi Auto Show and will be joined by a five door hatchback called the Etios Liva in April of 2011. Toyota has sold a little over 60,000 cars in India through October.
Etios chief engineer, Yoshinori Noritake, said at the show: “I visited many Indian cities and homes to learn the market and to hear from the consumer directly. Over four years, more than 2,000 engineers have been involved in the development of the Etios, and each has devoted his or her best effort with no compromises. I am convinced in my heart that the Etios offers joy of ownership and quality of life to consumers in India.”
The 2010 Toyota Etios Concept has been developed specifically for Indian customers and will be built at a plant in Bidadi, near Bangalore. However, Toyota eventually plans to offer the small sedan in other emerging markets such as China, Brazil, Thailand and possibly certain regions of South America.
Engineers designed both hatchback and sedan versions of the car, with the first using a 1.5-liter petrol engine, and the latter getting a 1.2-liter petrol unit. Performance and efficiency specs were not revealed for the two concepts. The Etios sedan will be available in four variants, J, G, V and VX, with prices ranging between 4.96 Lakhs and 6.86 Lakhs making it the company’s most affordable offering in India.
The family car was built “with a spacious interior,” and “abundant storage space,” the company says. Trying to focus on market needs, Toyota employees spoke with people across the country to find out what they thought was most important in a car.