Toyota and its small car maker subsidiary, Daihatsu are a few months away from taking a decision to launch a passenger car for India. Toyota acquired Daihatsu, earlier this year, but Daihatsu will continue to sell vehicles under its name. But, according to Paultan, Daihatsu’s compact car that are being developed for markets like India will be based on Daihatsu New Global Architecture (DNGA) platform.
The new modular platform has been jointly developed by Toyota and Daihatsu and aims for better fuel efficiency and drivability with reduced costs of manufacturing. The Daihatsu Boon, which is also sold with the name Toyota Passo are the first two models to be based on the DNGA platform. The new architecture adds intensive high-tensile steel with resin outer panels that helps in weight reduction.Interior will be more spacious than its predecessor, while keeping its exterior compact.
It has also been confirmed by a Toyota Kirloskar Motors top official that both the companies, Toyota and Daihatsu are in serious discussions on launching an entry-level small car in certain emerging markets that also includes India. It will take a couple of months for both the brands for a decision and the vehicle developed by Daihatsu is expected to get a price tag with Rs 5 lakh (Ex showroom).
Though, in the Indonesian car market, the cars are sold under the Toyota brand name. But, it is still not confirmed whether the Dahaitsu models for India will be introduced with same name resources. Recently, Toyota also launched new Etios Liva hatchback and surely these will be cost lesser.