Toyota Kirloskar Motor will not be updating the Corolla Altis for the upcoming BS VI norms, as some reports say. As the C-segment shrinks in the Indian car market, Toyota believes there isn’t much return on investing in the Corolla Altis anymore. This particular segment hasn’t been of much interest for other car makers as well, such as Hyundai. On the other hand, N. Raja, Deputy Managing Director, Toyota Kirloskar Motors Limited has cleared that there hasn’t been any discussion regarding the end of production of the Corolla Altis.
While there are speculations that we might not see the Corolla beyond the BS VI phase, here’s what N. Raja, Deputy Managing Director, Toyota Kirloskar Motors Limited has to say:
“Officially there is no discussion on stopping Corolla. Still, the discussion is on to continue Corolla. The future model of Corolla which is BS-VI compliant is available globally. We have been discussing with the parent company. More clarity will come closer to the time of BS-VI norm of implementation. We are studying the demand of Corolla. The customer is either moving towards B-segment or towards the D-segment as it offers more luxury. Over the years the C-sedan segment is shrinking.
If Toyota gives the nod to the all-new 12th generation model, we can expect the same petrol hybrid that is sold worldwide. But the key factor here will be the pricing. If the price does not hit the sweet spot, customers will move towards other segments. This is really justified as to why Toyota is taking this long to take a decision.
THE SHRINKING C-SEGMENT
Currently, the Toyota Corolla is challenged by the Hyundai Elantra, Honda Civic and Skoda Octavia. The cumulative sales figures of all the models for July-December 2019 period are as follows:
Toyota Corolla: 405 units
Hyundai Elantra: 305 units
Honda Civic: 1650 units
Skoda Octavia: 1215 units
As can be seen from the above figures, the sales of the Corolla are quite low in comparison to the other cars in the segment. It was once the leader of the segment. it should also be noticed that only 9 units were sold last month, which might give us an insight into Toyota’s strategy for the Corolla.
OTHER MODELS DISCONTINUED
Toyota has also discontinued its popular Land Cruiser LC200 and the Prado. These will only be sold till 1st April. The Land Cruiser is one of the most powerful and best luxury SUV capable of extreme off-road activities. The Prado is a lesser powerful version of the LC200. Low demand, outdated technology and features, incurring of high costs in updating the models are some of the reasons for discontinuing the model. The 2.8 litre diesel engine has also been scrapped in the new BS VI compliant Innova Crysta.
TOYOTA C-HR SPIED TESTING
The C-HR has been doing testing rounds for quite some time now. A highly camouflaged test mule has been spotted recently. We can expect to see it at the Auto Expo 2020.
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