Falling sales have been registered by almost every car manufacturer in India. If you are looking to buy a car now, you will see a lot of offers or discount options being offered, and if they are not offering discounts, you will see special editions, like in the case of Ford Figo Celebration Edition and Maruti Suzuki Estilo Nlive.
Toyota too has registered decline in sales. Their Feb 2013 sales stood at 12,756 units, a 23% decline compared to Feb 2012 sales of 16,659. In order to revive their sales, Toyota will be launching new and upgraded variants of Liva and Etios later this month, reports ET. Sales of Etios sedan and Liva hatchback failed to match expectations basically due to uninviting looks and lack luster interiors which was probably due to the fact that the company was trying to keep the price tag as low as possible.
Toyota’s new facelifted models will be making their way into markets by the end of this month and will bring with it a total of 118 modifications both interior and exterior. These facelifted models of Etios and Liva have also begun rolling into company showrooms and were seen with new head and tail lamps while interiors were also revamped in keeping with customers demands.
Cabin is in a beige color scheme which continues on seats, dashboard and door trims. A more enhanced music system, features such as Bluetooth, AUX in and USB connectivity are also being offered along with power windows. Seats with adjustable headrests and red /gray treatment on gear knobs were also noticed. Suspension too is re-worked, while bigger 15″ tyres (185/60) will be offered. Along with this, engine will now be mounted hydraulically in order to reduce vibrations.
Speaking about the 1.5L Liva, it will offer 90 PS at 5600 rpm and 132 Nm torque at 3000 rpm. Transmission will be taken care by the same 5 speed manual gearbox, and mileage will be at 18.31 kmpl.
It remains to be seen whether these upgrades will offer Toyota their expected boost in sales, or not. But on paper, these new features do make the Etios and Liva, lively. More details to be revealed once the car is launched. Stay Tuned.