It’s almost a certainty now that the Etios will have a diesel variant apart from the 1.2 and 1.5 litre petrol versions. The concepts models shown at the Auto Expo 2010 were slated to be only petrols, however, in a statement Mr. Mitsuhiro Sonoda, President, Toyota Motor Asia Pacific had said “We are looking at every possible alternative to launch Etios. Apart from diesel and petrol variants, we will study the market and demand for launching the car in other fuel options (LPG and CNG) and hybrid mode” – this clearly confirms that the company is looking at introducing a diesel mill in the car (most likely the sedan version) right from the word go! The details about the displacement and performance of the engine have not been revealed yet though.
The company will start the trial production of its volumes product in the country next month on, the launch of the car will happen three months later. The word was let out by Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) Deputy Managing Director (Commercial) Shekar Viswanathan to PTI. He said, “Before starting the commercial production in December, we will have two rounds of trial productions. While one will start in September, the next one will be in October”. Mr. Vishwanathan, however, didn’t comment on how many cars his company intended to make for the trial run. “These cars are not for sales. We will run it on test tracks for quality and all other checks. We may also later dismantle these cars,” he said.
Toyota Kirloskar Motor is putting in as much as Rs 3,200 crore in its second manufacturing facility in Bangalore in a bid to roll out the Etios by December. The company wants to sell 65000 units of the car annually.