Toyota Vios imported to India for R&D

Toyota Vios imported to India for R&D
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The Toyota Vios was imported to India lately as the Japanese automaker plans to launch the C-segment vehicle in the country by 2018.

The Toyota Vios was imported to India lately as the Japanese automaker plans to launch the C-segment vehicle in the country by 2018. The Vios is already on sale in various South East Asian markets and is expected to be offered with a 1.5-litre petrol engine as well as a 1.4-litre diesel motor in our country. Transmission options will include a 5-speed manual, 6-speed CVT automatic and a 6-speed manual for the diesel option.

The Toyota Vios was on test in India but the Japanese car maker plans to launch the next generation model in the sub-continent but not before 2018. Keeping safety as a major priority, the Toyota Vios will get ABS, EBD, Brake Assist (BA) and dual SRS airbags as standard.

The Vios is likely to replace the Etios in India, by the end of this decade. Both the aforementioned vehicles are C-segment offerings but the Etios competes in the lower C-segment which has been diminishing drastically as manufacturers are opting to enter the compact sedan segment.

Currently the Etios doesn’t have any direct competition as such and fighting against compact sedans puts the entry-level Toyota sedan at a disadvantage from the excise duty point of view.

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