GST Effect: Toyota Camry Hybrid Production Comes To A Halt In India

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Reports suggest that Toyota Kirloskar Motors (TKM) or Toyota India has stopped production of the Camry Hybrid. It is believed that the Camry Hybrid went out of production because the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and the attendant cess has significantly increased the prices of the model.

Introduced back in 2013 for a price tag of INR 29.75 lakh, the Toyota Camry Hybrid received a better response as compared to its petrol counterpart until GST was introduced. Prices of the Camry Hybrid saw a substantial rise due to 28% GST and 15% cess for  luxury vehicles. The new tax saw prices of the Camry Hybrid rise by INR 6 lakh, taking the new price tag to INR 38 lakh.

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Production of the Toyota Camry Hybrid was stopped last month. In the end of the September quarter this year, sales of the Camry Hybrid dropped by 73% as compared to the same time frame in the previous year, according to data shared by the company.

The Camry Hybrid was the first hybrid vehicle to be assembled at Toyota’s plant situated in Bidadi, Karnataka, followed later by the local assembly of the Prius. TKM had invested INR 39 crore for the model, of which INR 15 crore was allocated for the Camry Hybrid facility and INR 24 crore was used for training, campaigns and service. The company had previously revealed its plans to introduce more hybrid variants in India, but with the recent change in the tax structure, these plans are not likely to see the light of day soon.

Source: ET Auto

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