Toyota Kirloskar Motor, the India subsidiary of the Japanese carmaker, has announced that it will continue to sell the diesel cars even after the implementation of Bharat Stage VI (BS6) emission norms from 1st April, 2020. In order to make BS6-ready diesel engines, the company has already made essential investment to its manufacturing plant in the country. Read – Toyota Innova Crysta Petrol-Hybrid Under Development
Toyota Kirloskar’s Vice Chairman Shekar Viswanathan said, “We still see demand for diesel variants, and will continue to manufacture them till we have the future technology setting in.”
From January to July, the sales figures of Toyota’s two popular models – Fortuner SUV and Innova Crysta – show that the diesel models are high-in-demand (82) than the petrol variants (18). In the passenger vehicle segment, the diesel-petrol ratio stands at 50:50. Save for the Glanza hatchback, Yairs mid-size sedan and Camry Hybrid saloon, all Toyota offerings are available with both petrol and diesel powertrain. Read – Toyota C-HR Crossover Might Come To India
The carmaker also confirmed that it’s planning to launch electric vehicles from its global product lineup in the country. Viswanathan also revealed that the company is closely watching customer requirements and regulation trends and making constant efforts to develop key technologies for the electric vehicles and hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles.
“If the government encourages hybrids or self-charging EVs, it would augur well for the pure EV sector given the commonality of parts,” he further added.