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Toyota Kicks Off Yaris' Deliveries Across India
First unveiled for the Indian market at the Auto Expo 2018, the C-segment car will primarily face competition from Honda City, Hyundai Verna, Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, to name a few
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Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM), which has recently commenced bookings for the Yaris during late April, has finally begun deliveries of this model across the country. To be available only in a petrol option, the manual transmission is priced in the range of Rs.8.75 lakh and Rs. 12.85 lakh (ex-showroom, India) and the automatic transmission variants are tagged between Rs. 9.95 lakh and Rs. 14.07 lakh (ex-showroom). First unveiled for the Indian market at the Auto Expo 2018, the C-segment car will primarily face competition from Honda City, Hyundai Verna, Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, to name a few. Having initiated production a month back, the Japanese carmaker is gearing up to deliver 1,000 vehicles across its dealership outlets on the first day of launch and will dispatch around 4,000 units to its customers by the end of this month.
"We are entering a very competitive segment with Yaris. But with a host of industry-first features, we are confident of the vehicle performing well in the market. In less than a month of announcing the price and opening the bookings, we have collected nearly two months equivalent of customer orders. We hope to service all these customers by the end of this month which will take us amongst the top three in sales in the petrol segment," TKM Deputy Managing Director N. Raja told reporters on the sidelines of launching the Yaris. He also added that he is counting on the existing around 10 lakh Toyota customers in India to drive sales for Yaris.
Marking Toyota's entry into the mid-size sedan segment, Yaris sports a 1.5L 4-cylinder in-line, 16-valve DOHC, dual VVT-i gasoline engine that churns out 78kW of power output at 6000rpm, and 140Nm of torque at 4200rpm. It is mated to a multi-drive 7 speed CVT (Continuous Variable Transmission) or 6 speed MT (Manual Transmission) options. The CVT option will be made available across all trims. While the Toyota Yaris' manual variant delivers a mileage of 17.1 km /l, the automatic variant gives 17.8 km/l.
Toyota Yaris sedan is available in eight different exterior colour options - Super White, White Pearl Crystal Shine, Silver Metallic, Grey Metallic, Attitude Black Mica, Red Mica Metallic, Quartz Brown Metallic, and Dark Blue Mica Metallic. The five-seater sedan measures 4,425mm X1, 730mmX1, 475mm, with a fuel tank capacity of 42 litres.
The sedan will have several first in segment features like - 7 SRS airbags including driver + passenger, side, curtain shield and knee; Tyre pressure monitoring system; Front and rear parking sensors; Roof mounted air-vents with ambient illumination for rear passengers; Power driver seat; Flat floor; High Solar Energy-Absorbing (HSEA), IR cut, acoustic & vibration control glass for windshield & doors for quieter cabin; and All four-wheel disc brakes.
For safety, Toyota Yaris will have Vehicle stability control, Traction control, Hill-start assists control, Anti-lock braking system with Electronic brake distribution, and Reverse camera. Its class-leading technology includes Optitron meter with TFT MID, FR and RR clearance sonar display in MID, Cruise control + paddle shift for CVT, and Rain sensing wipers. Some other features of the car are - Rear sunshade, Waterfall design centre cluster, wide lower grill, Rear fog lamps, LED line guide in headlamp & tail lamps, piano black interiors, and Auto Headlamps.
For the comfort of the passengers, Toyota Kirloskar Motor is providing adjustable rear centre headrest, 60:40 split rear seats, smart entry with push start, and hand /air gesture controlled infotainment system with touchscreen navigation.
Even though there is a lot of buzzes that TKM will bring in the diesel variant of Yaris followed by a hatchback version, Raja san refused to comment on future product plans.
Meantime, TKM expects sales to grow by around 7-8 percent this fiscal on the back of Yaris "Our sales growth rate currently is around 3 percent. With Yaris coming in, we hope to see our growth rate more or less like the industry, single digit -- 7-8 percent this year."