Toyota has discontinued the sale and production of its Etios and Corolla Altis line of vehicles in India. The move to discontinue these products was done by Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM), the joint venture between the Japanese automaker and the Kirloskar group. It was done in order to free up production capacity at the local factory in order to bring new products with better technology into the country.
The Toyota Etios range of vehicles comes with the sedan, hatchback, and Crossover body styles. It serves as an entry-level vehicle for the Japanese brand in India. With the nameplate no longer in production, the newer Toyota Glanza will now be the new entry model for the Indian market. The Corolla Altis also meets the same fate but its discontinuation is due to the local market’s shift towards crossover and MPVs with the nameplate becoming less viable in terms of sales.
The last batch of these vehicles was produced in March 2020 and marked the end of both nameplates and their journey in the Indian market. The launch of the Etios nameplate in India represented a significant landmark for TKM as it has remained popular with all types of customers in the country including fleet operations. Despite their discontinuation, both vehicles have actually encountered great success in the Indian market TKM’s Vice President for Sales and Services Naveen Soni.
Even with these two models gone newer and more technologically advanced vehicles will be taking their place. Soni chimes in by stating that the departure of the two models is actually part of Toyota’s global product strategy to service the ever-changing needs of the customer. This also includes the removal of certain models if deemed necessary in order to make way for newer models. With the Etios and Corolla Altis now gone Toyota India’s lineup now consists of the Fortuner, Camry Hybrid, Innova Crysta, Yaris, Glanza, and the newly launched MPV the Vellfire.