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Toyota India exploring petrol versions of Fortuner and Innova

 
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Toyota could plan launch of petrol versions of the Innova and Fortuner to counter the diesel vehicle ban in Delhi.

Following Supreme Court’s verdict to stop registration of cars with diesel engines above the capacity of 2,000 cc in Delhi and NCR, car makers like Mahindra and Toyota in the mass segment are set to register a significant drop in overall sales. Unfortunately for them, the problem does not end there as the government could also implement a similar ban in other cities of India in the future.

In order to survive from such a tricky situation, both Mahindra and Toyota are looking at alternatives. Last month Mahindra said that they are currently looking at down-sizing their diesel engines and launching the 1.6 liter family of engines here in India. Now it has been revealed that Toyota too is thinking on similar lines.

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With both their best selling cars, Innova MPV and Fortuner SUV banned in Delhi; Toyota is now looking at introducing petrol engine option for both these cars. Toyota India had initially introduced a petrol version of the Toyota Innova, but noting increased demand for diesel engined vehicles, made the company discontinue the petrol variant. The company now records majority of sales from its diesel powered vehicles but the current ban has made the company take note of an immediate need to bring back petrol variants once again.

Also Read – List of diesel cars banned in Delhi, NCR

Though ban on diesel engines of 2 liter and above is for a period of three months, there are concerns that this may be extended even further. Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) has revealed that during the period April to November 2015, Toyota sold 91,588 vehicles in domestic markets of which Innova’s and Fortuner’s accounted for over 55%. Noting its popularity among buyers in the country has pushed the company to bring in petrol variants of these two models.

Toyota also introduced the new generation variants of Innova and Fortuner last year. Both these are expected to be in attendance at the Delhi Auto Expo next month.

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via ETauto.com

 

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Former freelance writer, Pearl Daniels is in the auto industry since 2011, having established herself as a widely read staff writer since 2013. Her keen eye for industry news, daily need to break down latest events, and quest to not miss a single launch detail, gives you the most refreshing morning news on weekdays.

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