Toyota says diesel ban unfair; may not launch new models in India
Toyota Kirloskar Motor is one of the automakers to be hit hard by the Delhi diesel ban. Now that the ban on registration of diesel vehicles that have engine displacement over 2.0-litre has been extended to Kerala as well, it’s reasonable to assume that more and more states will gradually be added to the list.
Which means, future of the immensely popular Innova Crysta and the eagerly anticipated next-gen Fortuner in India is facing uncertainty. A recent PTI report quotes Shekar Viswanathan, director and chairman of TKM, as saying:
We have already started re-looking at our operations. What is hurting us is not so much the ban but the unfairness. Orders are passed without hearing us. It is going against the principles of natural justice. We feel our vehicles are being targeted.
The statement suggests that TKM may not launch any new products in India that falls within the purview of the diesel ban. Given that majority of Toyota’s business in India comes from the premium models, further extension of the ban would cripple its operations.
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However, when asked if the company is considering closing operations in India. Mr. Viswanathan replied that such move would result in direct and indirect job losses to the tune of 25,000 and the company will not abandon its employees.