Toyota India sold 12,650 units in Jan 2015 in the domestic market over 10,910 units in Jan 2014, equating to 16 pct sales growth. Toyota registered total sales of 14,364 units (including exports) in Jan 2015 over 12,440 units sold in Jan 2014. In January, 1,714 Toyota Etios units were exported. Total sales growth is reported at 15.46 pct.
N Raja, Director and Senior Vice – President, Sales and Marketing says 16 pct sales growth is credited to new Innova and all-new Fortuner 4X4 AT launch in early January. He thanked customers for their continued support and trust in brand Toyota, and welcomed new customers.
He says increased car prices owing to excise duty hike after concession were withdrawn at 2014 end impacts the Indian auto industry. He hopes the government reconsiders excise duty concessions in the upcoming fiscal budget for sustained growth in 2015. For Make in India campaign to work, structural reforms for the Indian auto industry are a requirement at this point. Toyota India will soon launch its Hiace 10 seater luxury commuter vehicle soon.
Toyota Technical Education Program [GT and BP T-TEP] has been introduced at Government ITI (Polytechnic students), Paramakudi, Tamil Nadu. The Toyota Kirloskar Motor initiative introduced alongwith its dealer network brings forth a distinctive training model for General Technician and Body & Paint Technician Toyota-Technical Education Program (T-TEP) at Paramakudi Government ITI.
Nantha Kumar, District Collector, Ramnathapuram District, Govt. Of Tamil Nadu, T. Rajashekar, Regional Joint Director, Department of Employment and Training, Govt. of Tamil Nadu along with Mahesh N. Salkar, Vice President, Toyota Kirloskar Motor attended the opening. T-TEP training module was launched in 2006 in India and is now associated with 37 training institutes having trained around 3700 students. 2400 of them are employed at Toyota India dealerships.
Through T-TEP, Toyota India looks to enhance technical ability and employment scope for Industrial Training Institute (ITI) students(16-18 years). The programme intends to build skillful technicians for Indian automotive repair industry, which at present is inadequately staffed for lack of professional training in repair and diagnostics.
BP T-TEP training syllabus includes basic body and paint repair skills and techniques, dealer specific requirements, latest technology in body and paint. When body and paint technicians have limited knowhow, and hands on experience on use of correct repair operations and techniques, dealers turn to recruiting from local garages. Toyota and supplier partners, PPG Asian Paints and 3M are providing training support. To date, automotive body and paint repair training has been offered to 500 students.
The initiative offers a career path for students in the rural market so they can efficiently contribute to the growing Indian automobile market and service industry. GT and BP T-TEP 1 year syllabus also includes on-the-job training at Toyota India dealerships. TKM will train institute instructors in latest technology used by Toyota and the automobile industry.
TKM plans to make the programme accessible over 1000 students each year. Funded by Toyota Motor Corporation and Toyota Kirloskar Motor, T-TEP institutes receive hi-tech training packages and Toyota service training manuals and materials.