Toyota has confirmed that its Bidadi plant is now BS-VI compliant. It said that the entire production has moved to BS-VI now. The Fortuner BS6 will now be available in BS6 form while the Yaris already complies with the norms. However, the not-so good news is that the very capable Etios as well as the Corolla platforms will be shelved. They probably have been shelved as we speak. Why, you may ask. It is cos they don’t meet the upcoming pedestrian protection norms in Oct 2020. Moreover, the Etios was widely brought by the taxi segment and had low sales volumes. Toyota might not be seeing sense in investing additional moolah into upgrading the vehicles. The Corolla segment has shrunk big time and most of the carmakers are pulling out or selling only one engine variants there.
Can I still buy the Toyota Etios?
Yes, you can. Dealers, we contacted, confirmed that they indeed have stocks of the vehicles. What more, one gets additional discounts on the cars too. This and the fact that the Etios Liva diesel is one torquey as well as efficient motor. The tour operators swear by the bullet proof nature of the engines and Toyota service. The latter is hard to emulate in India.
Toyota India so far has refrained from issuing a conclusive statement on the status of the Etios or Corolla. Dealers though have confirmed that the vehicles have stopped coming to stockyards from quite sometime.
Toyota doesn’t have a suitable replacement for the vehicles at this point of time. However, the association with Suzuki might help them big time. A Toyota-badged Brezza is on its way while Suzuki might benefit from a Corolla-sized vehicle supplied by TKM. There could also be an EV in the Rs 10 lakh space. While all of these are speculations, we certainly believe Toyota will come all guns blazing and very soon.