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Toyota-badged Vitara Brezza to follow launch of Baleno in 2020-21

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New Delhi: After news of Toyota and Suzuki launching some new models in India breaks media headlines, the market has been following developments keenly, waiting to know about launch of its new model Vitara Brezza.

Just last week, we learned that the first of the shared models, the Toyota-badged Baleno, will be launched in the second half of 2019. Now, we can confirm the Toyota-badged Vitara Brezza will follow the launch of Toyota’s Baleno-but it will only be launched sometime between 2020 and 2021.

 

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Speaking to Autocar India, N Raja, deputy managing director, Toyota Kirloskar Motor, said, “The Vitara Brezza is part of our future plans. The (Toyota-badged) Baleno is for this year; the Vitara Brezza is for next year or the year after. It’s yet to be decided.”

As we’d reported earlier, the model-sharing exercise between Toyota and Suzuki will involve more than just plain badge-engineering. Toyota’s version of the Vitara Brezza will likely feature a number of soft part changes, and could get a new grille, redesigned bumpers and lights to give it a distinct identity.

 

After launch of Baleno, Toyota all set to roll out Vitara Brezza in 20-21:

 

Raja, however, confirmed changes will be kept to a minimum. The reason is simple-any further differentiation in the products-involving sheet metal changes-would require higher investment and would drive up costs, something Toyota wants to keep in control. Instead, the company’s plan is to add value to the car-buying experience, and tap into its existing customer base and ensure they stay within the Toyota fold.

 

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Cosmetic changes for the exteriors and interiors aside, under the skin, Toyota’s version of the Vitara Brezza will be identical to the Maruti Suzuki model and will share its engines and gearboxes.

The Vitara Brezza will get Maruti Suzuki’s new, developed in-house 1.5-litre diesel engine before the BS VI norms come into effect, and so, Toyota’s version of the Vitara Brezza is also likely to have the same engine.

 

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2 Lakh jobs cut in Automobile sector

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New Delhi: Federation of Automobile Dealers Association (FADA) claims that around 2 lakh jobs will be cut across Automobile Industry in last 3 months. “The majority of job cuts have happened in the last three months. It started around May and continued through June and July,” FADA president Ashish Harsharaj Kale.

With no immediate signs of recovery, FADA says that more jobs may have to be cut down because of constant shutting down of the Automobile Dealership centers. The main reason behind this is the cut down of sales in past three months.

According to Ashish Harsharaj, the two lakh jobs cuts in the last three months are over and above the 32,000 people who lost employment when 286 showrooms were closed across 271 cities in the 18-month period which ended in April this year.

Around 2.5 million people were employed directly through around 26,000 automobile showrooms operated by 15,000 dealers. Another 2.5 million are indirectly employed in the dealership ecosystem, Ashish added.

As per Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) figures, vehicle wholesale across all categories declined by 12.35% to 60,85,406 units in April-June against 69,42,742 units in same period of last year. Passenger vehicles (PV) segment has been the worst hit with sales continuing to decline for almost a year now. In July, market leader Maruti Suzuki reported a 36.3% drop in its domestic PV wholesales, while Hyundai saw a dip of 10%. M&M sales were down 16%, Tata Motors’ PV sales fell 31% while that of Honda Cars India Ltd (HCIL) also came down 48.67% during the month.

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