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Toyota Plans to Hike Vehicle Prices Next Month

Toyota has now lined up a mid-sized sedan Yaris to compete with the likes of Honda City, Hyundai Verna and Maruti Ciaz.


Updated:April 17, 2018, 3:11 PM IST
Toyota Plans to Hike Vehicle Prices Next Month
Toyota Yaris. (Image: Siddharth Safaya/News18.com)
Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) is planning to increase vehicle prices from next month in order to partially offset rise in input costs. The company, which is a joint venture between Japanese auto major Toyota and Kirloskar group, currently sells a range of vehicles from hatchback Etios Liva with price starting at Rs 5.49 lakh to luxury SUV Land Cruiser tagged at Rs 1.41 crore (ex-showroom Delhi) in the country.

"Challenges in terms of rising input costs have been there. We are holding on to it (price increase) for some time now. Shortly, we will be doing it. It could be even as early as next month," TKM Deputy Managing Director N Raja told PTI. The company is currently working on the quantum of the price hike, he added.

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Luxury car makers such as Audi, JLR and Mercedes-Benz have hiked prices ranging between Rs 1 lakh to Rs 10 lakh from this month to pass on the increase in custom duties. When asked about sales growth in the current calendar year, Raja said the industry is expected to grow in the range of 8-9 percent and TKM growth is also likely to be in that range. He added that the company expects hatchback and sedan segment to grow better this year as compared with last year (2017).

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"Last year passenger car sales growth was 3-4 percent, but this year we expect the sedan and hatch segment to grow by around 6-7 percent on an average," Raja said. Growth, however, will depend on various factors like interest rates, fuel pricing and monsoon, he added. "Demand generation from rural segment was robust last year...Our expectation is higher side of single digit so 8-9 percent growth is possible this year," Raja noted.

Toyota Yaris Toyota Yaris is expected to be priced between Rs 9 -13 Lakh.(Image: Arjit Garg/News18.com)

The company, which sells popular models like Innova and Fortuner, has now lined up a mid-sized sedan Yaris to compete with the likes of Honda City, Hyundai Verna and Maruti Ciaz.

"It is quite a competitive segment with the industry size of 4 lakh units per annum. I see TKM doing well in this segment. I know we are the late entrants but we have the advantage of having a superior product in terms of technology and features," Raja said. TKM is focusing on existing Toyota customers to drive sales of Yaris in the highly competitive segment.

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"Firstly, there are close to 3 lakh Etios customers looking for an upgrade and they are happy with Toyota so it's a big replacement," Raja said. Secondly, he said, "We have done a market survey. All our Innova and Fortuner customers also own a family sedan. These are the things we are focusing on."

Raja, however, admitted that it is not going to be an easy task. Yaris would come with a 1.5 litre petrol engine mated to a six-speed manual and seven speed automatic transmissions. All the variants of the vehicle will have seven airbags as standard.

Also Watch: Toyota Yaris Review (First Drive) | Honda City, Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, Hyundai Verna Rival

| Edited by: Ayushmann Chawla
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