Toyota Kirloskar Motor Pvt Ltd (TKM) has started exports of its Etios range from India. The initial consignment of 247 units is being delivered to South Africa. Currently the company is only exporting the petrol variants of Etios sedan and Liva. The export models are being built at Toyota’s Bidadi unit near Bangalore and are being customised to suit local requirements. Toyota aims to export about 20,000 units each year.
Commenting on the accomplishment, Mr. Vikram Kirloskar, Vice Chairman, TKM, said, “It is a very proud moment for all of us in Toyota Kirloskar Motor as we flag off the first ever Etios export consignment to South Africa. As we begin a new chapter of business with the start of the exports, I would like to express my gratitude to all our employees, our partners and suppliers for their efforts which have made it possible to achieve this milestone.”
Hiroshi Nakagawa, managing director, TKM said, “Toyota Kirloskar Motor has a come a long way since its inception in India and with the advent of the export of the Etios, we have been successful in completing our vision of making Toyota India operations a strategic hub for both the domestic and global market. Exporting the Etios to South Africa would also mean showcasing the advanced technology and superior quality features that have been developed by Toyota for Etios. We are convinced that the Etios will be successful in delivering Toyota’s promise of quality in South Africa too”.
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