Toyota Might Discontinue Yaris Sedan From the Indian Market
In May 2018, Japanese Multinational Automotive Manufacturer, Toyota launched the Yaris Sedan in India. Since its launch, the car is an average performer and has not been as successful as its rivals such as the Honda City, Hyundai Verna and the Maruti Ciaz. Because of the ever-growing trend of SUVs, the Yaris has had a tough time.
As of now, the automaker did not reveal anything in this matter. A Toyota Kirloskar Motor spokesperson said, “As a part of Toyota’s product strategy, our practice is to continuously study and evaluate the market to understand the ever-changing needs, customer preferences and trends. Beyond this, we won’t be able to share any specifics pertaining to our future business/product plans.”
In the year 2020, Toyota had phased out three variants of the Yaris, including two manual trims and one CVT auto model. As per the recent reports, Toyota Kirloskar Motor is looking at the possibility of phasing out Yaris. The Yaris is currently the most affordable Toyota sedan in India, but sales figures are dropping and the discontinuation of the car seems inevitable.
Engine and Transmission
In India, the Toyota Yaris is powered by a sole 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder petrol engine that puts out 108 BHP @ 6,000 rpm and 140 Nm of torque @ 4,200 rpm. This engine can be mated to either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed CVT automatic gearbox. The CVT version also has paddle shifters on it.
The base pricing of Yaris is Rs 9.16 lakh, which goes up to Rs 14.60 lakh (both prices, ex-showroom) for the top-end trim. It is the most affordable Toyota sedan in India.
Toyota Other Discontinued Cars
The adoption of BS6 emission norms resulted in the discontinuation of four Toyota offerings, namely Etios, Etios Liva, Etios Cross as well as Corolla Altis. In the coming days, if Toyota discontinued the Yaris Sedan, it won’t be the first Toyota car to be discontinued. The Yaris is produced at Toyota Kirloskar Motor’s Bidadi plant, and the installed capacity of the plant is 2.1 lakh units a year. Toyota Kirloskar Motor’s current portfolio consists of the Glanza, Urban Cruiser, Innova Crysta, Fortuner, Camry and the flagship Vellfire.