Toyota Etios Cross rival coming this festive season

The hatchback turned crossover segment in India is a new segment and not that popular as yet, as the customers really can’t figure out the difference between these and the sub-compact hatchbacks. However, the advent of new, attractive looking cars in this segment might as well make this segment very lucrative and popular soon enough.

Toyota Etios Cross Orange

Toyota Etios Cross Orange

The perfect example of a popular hatchback-crossover model in India is the Toyota Etios Cross, the newest member of the Etios family. For those who don’t know, the Etios Cross is actually the fully revamped version of the Etios Liva hatchback.

Launched in the month of May this year, the Etios Cross has been a well received car in India and is also selling very well making the company happy about its performance in the market. The Etios Cross though essentially the same Liva as is available in India, offers much better style factor and a great sporty visual appeal which has gone well with the young crowd of India which was aimed by Toyota very rightly.

The new Toyota Etios Cross comes with a very aggressive face, with a new grille, refreshed bumpers, full body cladding, roof spoiler, skid plats, loads of chrome garnishes, totally refreshed and more premium interiors, and newly designed larger diamond cut  alloy wheels that also gives it increased ground clearance for better rough road performance. Though the Etios Cross is by no means a real SUV, it certainly has alluring looks and aggressive stance of a SUV, which works well with the stylish city dwellers who never actually make their SUVs hit the off-roads.

Fiat India has released a small trailer for the Avventura crossover ahead of its launch during the festival season. The Italian car maker showcased the vehicle at the 2014 Auto Expo in February.

Now, the Toyota Etios Cross is soon going to get tough competition from the new upcoming Fiat Avventura which is due for its Indian market launch in this festive season. The Avventura is based on the Fiat Punto hatchback and has the killer looks to fit its fast growing compact crossover segment.

In terms of looks, the Fiat Avventura will come with projector headlights, a full body kit, chunky tyres as well as a tail gate mounted spare wheel in order to give it the aggressive SUV.

On the inside as well, the Fiat Avventura will have the same interiors as the Punto albeit with lots of design changes and minor additions such as a two tone upholstery, chrome inserts and some more.

The Fiat Avventura will be powered by the same range of engines as the Punto which are 1.2 liter and 1.4 liter petrol engines and 1.3 liter Multijet diesel engine. The engines will be mated to a 5 speed or a 6 speed manual gearbox.

Fiat Avventura is expected to be priced at Rs. 5 lakh to Rs. 8 lakh and will compete with the Toyota Etios Cross and VW Cross Polo.

Toyota is unable to reach its green car dream at the moment

Auto manufacturers all over the globe are working on the advancements of eco-technology. Toyota has invested a fair bit in this segment visible on Prius and Camry hybrids. The development of environmentally friendly cars is a hot research topic, but nothing major is visible at the moment.

Toyota Logo

Toyota Logo

Car companies are foreseeing a future where every second vehicle will be an electric, hybrid and hydrogen gas fuelled vehicle. It will take time to review the extent of progression of technology. Toyota Motor Corp is eyeing the green car market, its vision is to push the technology forward, and it has invested billions of dollars to develop fuel-cell vehicles and gasoline-electric hybrids.

Despite the massive investment in green car market, majority of its profits come from conventional gasoline vehicles. The gasoline market in US is a profitable sector; gasoline vehicles have contributed steep 9% growth in light truck segment during the initial six months of 2014 and are among the highest profit bearer in the segment. Toyota’s dominant position in US market happened on the back of impressive profits generated from Highlander SUV and Tundra pick-up. The two cars contributed a fierce 10% gain in the January to June period.

Toyota has kept aside investments to fuel green car growth; the revenue holding is whooping $40 million. The company has made admirable profits in US, so much more than attractive Asian markets of Thailand and Japan. This point was confirmed by an auto analyst at Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley, Koichi Sugimoto. The light truck market alone is an immensely profitable sector for Toyota; it alone has yielded 42% sales in the January to June period, which is a 5% gain from a year ago.

Toyota power in US auto sector was visible in July, when the firm noted a 12% gain, mainly because of spark discounts and demand for SUV vehicles. The profit outcome of Toyota is higher than the earnings of the industry which stood at 9%. Toyota is now the second most profitable firm in US, and has taken away the second spot of Ford Motor Co. The 12% growth is not inclusive of imports, the Japanese headquartered unit takes credit for export profits. The company could not make sufficient export revenues during the April-June period because of the expensive sales tax regulation.

Toyota Japan is not predicted to head to profits anytime soon; an analyst from Barclays Yoshida predicts a 381 billion yen revenue holding, a 16% drop. The expected decline in Asian markets is 92 billion yen, a 12% dip. Toyota has formatted a plan for the financial year, and the desirable operating outcome is $2,500 for light trucks such as Tundra or RAV4 in US. The profit capacity of Camry and Prius is $1,500; Prius hybrid the best selling hybrid car in US noted a 11% sale dip during the first six months of the year.

The adverse macro-economy has taken a toll on global auto profits; there is very little room for enormous investments. Toyota has maintained bulk amounts to promote the power of green cars; it is still a long way off before the technology meets the robustness of conventional fuels.

Toyota Vios reading to be the next Honda City’s Indian rival

The Indian premium sedan market is becoming highly popular with the passage of time. Gone are those days when the fuel efficient for the great sedans and SUVs in the country.

New Toyota Vios

New Toyota Vios

The higher C segment of India which houses many great mid-sized sedans such as the new Honda City and Hyundai Verna, is highly potential. A number of car makers are eyeing this very lucrative segment, including India’s leading car maker Maruti Suzuki which is planning to launch its Ciaz sedan very soon.

Looking at the scenario, the world’s largest car maker Toyota is also seriously considering this potential segment in India. Though Toyota is highly sought after in the global car markets, unfortunately in India it is not that popular. This Japanese car major’s Corolla mid-sized sedan is a tad too expensive and actually sits a segment higher that the C segment. Thus, it is known that Toyota is considering a new mid-sized sedan for India to sit just below the Corolla and fight with the likes of the new Honda City.

While some sources say that this new sedan from Toyota will be the Vios, while others say that it will be an entirely new sedan based on the Etios platform.

Now, According to a Japanese news journal, Toyota is contemplating to soon launch the Vios in India.

The company’s very capable and affordable Etios sedan has not been so popular owing to its plain design, and the rumor mills are churning that Toyota might phase out the Etios by 2020 to focus only on the Vios sedan, which is one of the primary rivals of the Honda City in other international markets.

As per the report, Toyota Motor plan to roll out about 50,000 Vios units per annum, at its twin production facilities in India.

However nothing has been officially confirmed by Toyota’s Indian counterpart, Toyota Kirloskar Motor. The company has already declared earlier this year that it is withdrawing its attention from the compact segments of India and will focus only on bigger cars in the country.

The current Toyota Vios is similar to the all new Corolla and new Camry in design terms. The Vious is powered by 1.5 liter petrol and a 1.4 liter diesel engine, both of which are mated to a 5 speed transmission gearbox.

If Toyota actually launches the Vios sedan in India, then it will be offered in both the petrol and diesel fuel options. The all new Honda City is the new leader of the Indian C segment overthrowing the Hyundai Verna from the top spot.

Toyota India makes commendable 4% domestic profits

Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) made impressive 4% domestic gains in 2014 July, the company sold 11,921 units against 11,515 in the corresponding period. The overall sales made inclusive of exports are 13,847 units, impressively higher than 14,470 pieces sold a year ago. Toyota has won great acclaim with its twin Etios sedan and Etios Liva cars and the export volumes generated from both cars is 1,926 units.

Toyota Logo

Toyota Logo

On the commendable sale volumes a top Toyota executive said, ‘’we are thankful to our customers for continued success of Etios Cross and Corolla Altis. The Cross and Altis have worked well with customer’s needs and desires and are appreciated for three core attributes reliability, durability and quality. We rolled out 888 units and 882 units of Etios Cross and Corolla Altis respectively. There were sufficient number of buyers for Fortuner and Innova and both continue to remain rulers in their respective segments. We hope to foresee improvements in buying power starting from the onset of festive season.’’

The Indian auto market experienced its worst troubled phase in ten years; it was a continuous two year slump. The notable profits noted in July is a reflection of market improvement and Toyota’s effective product planning strategy. The launch of Etios Cross and new Corolla Altis has done the trick. Etios Cross is a classic cross car; its creative cross nature is inscribed in side cladding, silver bull bar and roof. It offers a different level of excitement and is cost-effective; a similar rhythm of exhilaration was seen in new Corolla Altis. Its luxury impact is superior to the current car and drove the public insane.

Toyota is working on future profit approach and hopes to achieve 6 to 7% gains by the end of the year. The company witnessed a 12% rise in July and from the projections it is evident that the target is getable. Toyota made a statement on its future profit goals saying, the current profit outcome is striking contrary to the decline noted during the January to April period.

The company is formulating new tactics to push sales with the launch of Limited Edition Etios sedan, christened Etios Xclusive. It is a special car with only 900 units to spare. The development of the vehicle follows the G grade pattern, and the color options are as kingly as the vehicle sold in Symphony Silver and Classic Grey shades.

Toyota’s sale outcome is noteworthy; it is just the product of efficient planning that has enabled it to reach a hallmark. It is interesting to learn that the company has achieved so much on the back of two launches. The company is also working on new products which are Vios sedan and 2016 Innova. Vios is a fierce threat to new Honda City and the new Innova follows a different décor pattern and will be packed with modern elements.

The Vios is a car to look forward to, and will surely be a hard one to beat and 2016 Innova will be a greater source of pleasure to the nuclear family network that exists in India.

The expected vision of Vios sedan in India is to tarnish Honda City

Toyota stunned the crowd with new Corolla Altis in India, it is a global launch, to fuel the battle even further the company plans to launch Vios sedan. The confirmation was reported by popular news agency Nikkei. It is a big launch to look forward to and may replace the Etios brand that many be discontinued by 2020.

all new vios

All New Vios

Etios is a popular sedan introduced four years ago, it is a sub compact sedan and the vision was to attract young and skilled working professionals. The car did not do too well and attracted only a section of buyers. It was overpowered by recent launches, Honda Amaze, Hyundai Xcent and Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire.

Vios is a luxurious sedan redefined and stellar global vehicle; it will surely stun the Indian crowd to the core. An Indian launch is definite, but Toyota has not yet formatted a strategy with regard to investment and production. The firm produces 50,000 vehicles on a yearly basis. Toyota will terminate the production of Etios by 2020 and it will be replaced by flourishing number of Vios cars.

A statement of Vios launch has not been exposed by Toyota Kirloskar Motor, what is known at the moment is the company’s goal to focus on bigger cars. It is not keen to push mass market vehicles, since the success output from Etios twins comprising of Etios sedan and Etios liva hatch is not too fruitful. Even today there are only a handful of buyers for the two cars.

The new Vios is a bang launch; it is in tune with Toyota’s fantastic luxury statement. The front fascia draws design inspiration from Camry and Corolla, and the engine fitments are pretty robust as well and the options are 1.4 litre diesel and 1.5 litre petrol. The two vehicles will be coupled with five speed manual gearbox.

Toyota has made spectacular profits with Vios in South East Asian segments; it will have elevated levels of lavishness and sit beneath Corolla. The company has been pondering about introducing the car to India for quite a while. Its most spoken about arch rival is the all new Honda City.

A Vios launch is not going to happen anytime soon, the expected arrival period is 2017. Toyota might formulate ways to throw away the Etios sedan by 2017, Etios has not gather sufficient consumer attention, Vios is expected to have a greater shine and will be more dazzling to the eye. The vehicle is covered with Toyota’s all new fashion statement observed on Camry and Corolla.

The thrilling luxury defining features to look forward to are imaginatively styled grille with solid chrome treatment, huge air dam, new nose and creative profile. The artistic LED daytime running lights is positioned below fog lights, the insides too are packed with vibrancy and grandeur in the form of beige and black colour theme, sporty dials arrangement and world class touchscreen. The interiors will have plenty of chrome treatment.

The forthcoming Vios is certainly a huge threat to Honda City; it will nevertheless be a close raging battle. We will have to wait to find out.

The all new 2016 Toyota Innova spied testing once again

Toyota Kirloskar Motor India is currently having a god time as both its recently launched vehicles i.e. the Etios Cross and the all new Corolla Altis launched in May are selling very well. However, the MPV segment leader from Toyota India, the Innova is getting stronger competition, which has got more intense as Honda has launched the Mobilio in India. However, Toyota is not sitting idle and is working on the all new models of its global bestsellers such as the Innova MPV and Fortuner premium SUV, both of which are the segment leaders in the car market of India.

2016 Toyota Innova spied in Bangalore

2016 Toyota Innova spied in Bangalore

The all new 2016 Toyota Innova has got spied a couple of times while going about its test rounds. The Toyota Innova was recently caught on its test rounds once again in the city of Bangalore, where Toyota Kirloskar has its headquarters and its production facility. The second generation model of the very popular Innova had commenced its road test phase in early July, and since then the test prototype models of the all new Innova have been getting spotted both in India as well as Thailand.

The all new 2016 Toyota Innova is expected to be a more stylish, premium and better MPV in all aspects. The company will base it on its new design philosophy in order to enhance its market appeal. The already highly reliable and sturdy MPV will get stronger, as it is based on an all-new ladder chassis. The next-gen Innova is also expected to get slightly bigger in size, as the vehicle’s long C-Pillars are visible in the test prototype. The bigger dimensions would naturally translate into enhanced interior space, which should mean a more comfortable third row as well as larger boot space.

The all new Innova is also expected to get added features and plusher interiors offering an enhanced overall drive experience and premium look and feel.

The next-gen 2016 Toyota Innova is also expected to have totally overhauled mechanical specifications and would draw power from the company’s new range of oil burners which the company is still developing. Sources close to the development process have also revealed that Toyota is also considering the idea of an automatic transmission diesel variant for the Innova.

The Innova has been one of the top selling products from the range of Toyota Kirloskar India ever since the MPV was launched in India. The current generation Innova currently generates an average monthly sales volume of about 4,600 units. The Toyota Innova is highly popular for its elegant styling, high performance, reliability and its superb comfortable interiors. The Innova has a very strong reputation in India, and is loved both by private as well as the fleet owners.

Post its market launch, the all new second generation Toyota Innova is sure to boost the sales rates. It is expected to launch in India sometime in the year 2016 and will compete with the Honda Mobilio, Maruti Ertiga, Nissan Evalia and Chevrolet Enjoy.

The next-gen 2016 Toyota Fortuner spied testing again in Thailand

The all-new 2016 Toyota Fortuner has been caught spied again in Thailand while the vehicle was about its regular test rounds, which it is doing more extensively recently. The next generation model of the Fortuner which is the leading model in the premium SUV segment in India is now being tested extensively, as it prepares for its launch in the Southeast Asian markets in 2015.

2016 Toyota Fortuner spied in Thailand

2016 Toyota Fortuner spied in Thailand

The all new Toyota Fortuner is reported to be flaunting the new styling from the house of Toyota and will features lots of new features. The all new 2016 Fortuner will also be a considerably lighter model than the current model thanks to the vehicle’s new ladder frame chassis that the company has endowed on the vehicle. The all new Fortuner shares its platform with the upcoming all new Hilux pickup truck. Both the all new vehicles from the Japanese car major will be powered by the newly developed petrol as well diesel motors.

As per the recently taken spy shots, the all new 2016 Fortuner can be seen to be almost retaining its old dimensions as well as the overall stance. However, the next-gen vehicle model will be flaunting and entirely new front face as well as a totally revamped rear design. When the exterior styling features are concerned, the vehicle’s all new headlights as well as tail lights look very sharp and attractive with an aggressive visual appeal. The new model of the SUV also seems to add some extra bling factor to it by implementing loads of new chrome styling elements as compared against the current model.

As far as the interior features are concerned, the 2016 Toyota Fortuner will be offering a completely overhauled dashboard design, while a whole host of new equipments are also expected to be offered.

The all new 2016 Toyota Fortuner is expected to be launched in the Indian car market sometime in the year 2016 in order to compete with the many new premium SUVs that will be launching in India in the coming few years’ time. The Toyota Fortuner is the undisputed leader of the high-end SUV segment of India, while the segment is getting highly competitive over the passing time as more and more car makers are launching premium SUVs in India.

While the all new 2016 Toyota Fortuner still has time to launch in the domestic car market of India, the Japanese car maker’s Indian wing Toyota Kirloskar Motor will be launching two new variants of the Fortuner in India in the mean time to keep the customer interest intact. One of these new Fortuner variants will be an entry level model powered by a 2.5 liter diesel mill, while the other will the new top-end model powered by a potent 3 liter motor coupled with an automatic transmission gearbox and 4×4 drive system.

The all new Toyota Fortuner will compete with the Ford Endeavour, Hyundai Santa Fe, Mitsubishi Pajero Sport, Chevrolet Captiva and the others.

Toyota Vios coming to compete against the Honda City

Honda City has been a very popular car in the Indian market. Its sales have received a refresh with the addition of a diesel engine as the market is dominated by diesel vehicles. Soon after the launch of the New City, it was on the top once again. Now Toyota is planning to come up with the Toyota Vios to fill in the gap between the Etios sedan and Corolla. The Vios will go against cars like City and Verna and the Toyota brand will definitely help them give a good fight to the rivals.

2014 toyota vios

2014 toyota vios

The Vios sedan is already on sale in various markets like Indonesia. The design scheme is similar to the current generation Toyota Corolla. You will notice that it has got a grille similar to the Toyota Corolla and so are the headlamps. The bumper however is different and has got a large air dam with a large protruding bumper. The front end looks heavy and the overall front look is impressive. The side profile is similar to the current generation Corolla and the roof nicely flows down into the boot. The waistline of the car sits a bit high giving it a sporty character and a leaning stance. The wheel arches are flared further aiding the looks. The tail lamps wrap around the boot nicely and rise up along the sides. The lamps are angular and look quite nice. The boot lid is a bit narrow due to the wide tail lamps.

The interiors of the car are very much similar to 2014 Corolla. The dashboard layout would appear to be familiar if you have been in the Corolla. There is an abundance of beige inside the car and they have used silver plastics at places to add some contrast. As it is a Toyota, expect top notch quality and fit & finish. Other features like music system, steering mounted audio controls that are standard in vehicles of this category would come as standard. Features like climate control would be offered on the top of the line variants.

This sedan will be offered with both petrol and diesel engines. These engines would be the same as found on the Toyota Etios. For petrol, there is a 1.5 litre petrol engine using VVT-I technology. The diesel engine is a 1.4 litre unit which might generate different amount of power here. There will be multiple transmission options on offer here. Obviously there will be a five speed manual for the petrol engine. Apart from that expect a six speed manual box for the diesel engine. It would also be offered with a seven step CVT box. The rival Honda City is also offered with a CVT box as an option.  On the Honda City, you can find a 1.5 litre i-VTEC petrol engine that generates a peak power of 116 bhp and a recently launched i-DTEC diesel engine that generates a peak power of 100 bhp. This engine is also found under the hood of Honda Amaze and Honda Mobilio.

The all new 2016 Toyota Innova rendered based on spy pictures

The Indian car market is abuzz with loads of new car launches from almost all the major car makers in a bid to beat the rising market competition. On the other hand, the Indian spy shutterbugs are having a busy time shooting the upcoming launches which yet have sometime before they actually hit the Indian car market. One such highly awaited car is the all new next-gen Toyota Innova, which is getting spotted while it goes about its extensive test rounds both in India and Thailand. However, the next-gen Innova MPV is not going to launch anytime soon, as it is scheduled for its Indian launch sometime in the year 2016.

All New Toyota Innova

All New Toyota Innova

The Japanese car major Toyota is pretty serious about the next-gen model of the Innova which is one of its global bestselling vehicle, and the segment leader in the Indian MPV market. The very popular and elegant Innova is going to be styled more attractively similar to all the other new cars from Toyota, as per the company’s strategy to make ‘Waku Doki’ or heart racing styled vehicles. Thus, we can expected a more style, aggressive design and more premium appeal to accompany the next-gen all new Innova to make an all new statement.

In order to satisfy the auto enthusiasts’ unquenchable interest in new cars, the rendering artists have posted an early rendered sketch of the all new 2016 Toyota Innova, which is going viral on the internet. The rendered early sketch of the all new Toyota is based on the various spy shots of the vehicle. The all new Innova commenced its test rounds early in July this year, but the test prototypes have been all caught with heavy camouflages at all times revealing almost nothing except the basic shape of the vehicle.

The test prototype offered a hint that the all new 2016 Innova will get a larger greenhouse along with a sharp third window section, and these aspects are shown in the rendered sketch. The front face of the 2016 Toyota Innova MPV will get a more stylish and aggressive design with larger and highly stylized front grille and headlights. However, the vehicle will retain its overall silhouette in its new avatar.

The second generation Toyota Innova is based on an entirely new ladder frame chassis that will render the already sturdy vehicle with more strength, while grow marginally in size. This size increased will definitely result in enhanced interior space and a larger boot space. The all-new 2016 Toyota Innova will also get Toyota’s new lineup of diesel motors under its hood, which would be more fuel economical and powerful. Toyota will also fine tune the NVH levels to make the new Innova’s cabin quieter and more comfortable.

The 2016 Toyota Innova will fight out against the new launched Honda Mobilio, Maruti Ertiga, Chevrolet Enjoy and Nissan Evalia. The popular Innova, in its all improved all new avatar is thus expected to rock the Indian MPV market when it launches in 2016.

End of Toyota Matrix, other cars to replace it

Toyota Canada Inc (TCI) had reported that it sold around 10,689 units of Toyota Matrix, which is a good number but if we compare it to that of 2005′s then it seems tiny. In 2005, a total of 24,048 Toyota Matrix made its way to people’s garages. But now, nearly after a decade of leadership, Toyota Matrix is falling behind. The compact cars segment in Canada has become the most important segment of the country and also the most competitive one. Toyota Matrix ruled in its period of time and now that time has gone.

Toyota Matrix

Toyota Matrix

Toyota didn’t brought up any updated version of the Matrix ever since it was launched. It is true that the Matrix kept selling in good numbers for years but now there are other car companies who have got better products. Toyota Matrix couldn’t just stand up against the new developments in the automobile industry.

According to Toyota Canada Inc, the reason they haven’t updated the Matrix in all these years is because they have various other hatchbacks – like the Toyota Yaris, Prius Family, Lexus CT, Scion XB, i, for the Canadians. These are much more advanced, both technologically and ergonomically. Also, they have RAV4 and Lexus NX for people who require more. Toyota is confident in its wide range of products that it is offering to the Canadians and worldwide.

“Who is born, shall die.” Toyota Matrix came into market with a bang and during its journey it had won many hearts. 10 years is a long period of time. People changed, time changed, a whole new level of technology came into being in the automotive industry, but the Matrix didn’t change. It remained the same old car which everyone loved and they still do. And now, Matrix will be gone. It is history. But as we know, even in the worst catastrophes people learn to move on. And they will in this case too.

The other car companies have got some great hatchbacks to offer which would prove to be a good replacement for the Toyota Matrix. Ford has its Focus (hatchback), Mazda is offering the Mazda3 Sport, Hyundai has the stylish and modern Elantra GT which is already on the second position in the list of Top selling cars in Canada, Kia Forte is almost a mirage of the Elantra GT, the Germans (VW) have the Golf which is a hatchback version of Jetta but it costs more than it and in terms of sophistication has a whole new level, Kia Soul is another on the list but it is more of an MPV.

These are the six cars which would be the best replacement for the Toyota Matrix. Each one these cars has various new features and gizmos on offer and with modernization sweeping into the design philosophy of these cars they do look pretty attractive. Costing nearly the same and almost having the same engine specifications, these cars are the future of Canada because the future of Toyota Matrix is its present- that is the End.

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