Toyota Kirloskar Motor Private Ltd have started exporting cars from India. The company sent out the first consignment of 247 Toyota Etios / Liva cars to South Africa from the Ennore Port near Chennai today. The company plans to export about 20,000 units of cars from India per annum.
The export model of Etios will be built on the same platform as Etios and Etios Liva, manufactured and sold in India. However, the export model will be customized to suit the local requirements. The company will export only the petrol variants of the Etios and the Liva. The Etios is currently manufactured in TKM’s second plant located in Bidadi industrial area on the outskirts of Bangalore. The export model will also be manufactured in the same plant.
Present for the celebrations of the first ever Export Ceremony at Ennore Port were Mr. Vikram Kirloskar, Vice Chairman, Toyota Kirloskar Motor, Mr. Hiroshi Nakagawa, Managing Director, Toyota Kirloskar Motor, Mr. Vicente Socco, Executive Vice President, Toyota Motor Asia Pacific (TMAP), Mr. Takashi Sakai, Executive Vice President, Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) and other important governmental officials and dignitaries from Toyota.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Hiroshi Nakagawa, Managing Director, TKM said, “Toyota Kirloskar Motor has a come a long way since its inception in India and with the advent of the export of the Etios, we have been successful in completing our vision of making Toyota India operations a strategic hub for both the domestic and global market”