2010 New Dehli Motor Show: Toyota Etios Concept

Article by Christian A., on August 25, 2010

This is the brand new Toyota Etios Concept, a new design study that previews the new small cars from the Japanese manufacturer. The new concept was unveiled today at the New Dehli Motor Show and according to the manufacturer what you see in the photos is actually 90% production ready.

If you thought that this is going to be a rival for the popular Tata Nano, you can forget about this idea, as Toyota is planning to sell this car at a price of $10,000.

However, do not expect it on any European market because the manufacturer does not have any plans to adapt it in order to sell it on other markets.

The new Etios is based on the all-new platform and it will be offered in two versions, a hatchback and a saloon. The saloon is set to go on sale first, by the end of this year while the hatchback will come three months later.

Under the hood, the new car will offer two engine options: 1.2 and 1.5-litre DOHC petrol engines. A diesel engine was not taken in consideration at this moment, but it will be offered for sure, later.

The new Toyota Etios will be sold also in Russia and South America, besides the Indian market and the Japanese manufacturer hopes to sell over 70,000 units of the car in India in the first year.

Press Release

Toyota Unveils Concept Version of New Compact Car for India

Tokyo-TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION (TMC) announces its production and sales subsidiary in India unveiled today-under the banner: "World First, India First"-a concept version of the "Etios*", a compact car newly developed specifically for the Indian market. Toyota Kirloskar Motor Private, Ltd. (TKM) is showing the concept car at the 10th Auto Expo automobile show in New Delhi, which runs until January 11.

The Etios is aimed at family users in India's rapidly growing automobile market. Reflecting its "one class above" theme, the Etios' styling evokes a sense of advanced status, and, along with a spacious interior with abundant storage space, it aims to offer both smooth and powerful driving and excellent fuel efficiency.

To make the car as affordable as possible for potential customers, thorough use of local parts will be pursued to keep costs low.

On display at the show are a sedan version with a newly developed 1.5-liter gasoline engine and a hatchback version with a newly developed 1.2-liter gasoline engine.

Etios chief engineer, Yoshinori Noritake, said at the show: "I visited many Indian cities and homes to learn the market and to hear from the consumer directly.

Over four years, more than 2,000 engineers have been involved in the development of the Etios, and each has devoted his or her best effort with no compromises. I am convinced in my heart that the Etios offers joy of ownership and quality of life to consumers in India."

TKM will produce the Etios from late 2010 at its second plant, which is now being built expressly for the new car.

Annual sales in India are set at 70,000 units. Exports are planned.

At the show, the TKM exhibit, with its key message of "Quality Revolution", comprises a total of 14 production and concept vehicles, including the third-generation "Prius" gasoline-electric hybrid passenger car, which is scheduled to go on sale in India in 2010, the "Prado" SUV recently unveiled for the Indian market, the "i-REAL" personal mobility vehicle and the "Fine-S" fuel-cell hybrid vehicle.

Topics: toyota, concept, sedan, india

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