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Monday, June 27, 2011

By Pranjal Gera

Toyota Etios Liva launched in India, priced at 3.99 lakh

Toyota Kisloskar Motors the company well known for its sedan and SUVs’ now enters the hatchback market with Toyota Etios Liva the first ever hatchback from Toyota segments. The company has launched Toyota Etios Liva with five variants, priced between 3.99 lakhs to 5.99 lakhs (ex-showroom, New Delhi). Toyota Etios comes in sedan as well as in hatchback keeping Indian customers in mind; both the cars have been designed on the same platform. This lovely car carries its name Etios which is inherited from Etios sedan and the word Liva makes it livelier for the customers – reflecting the enthusiasm of the car.

The word Liva has been coined from the dynamic and positive terms - Lively and Live Life to the fullest - which reflects the spirit and image of the car. It is targeted at today’s youth whose spirit and belief is translated into the advertising line for Etios Liva -“LIV TMRRW 2DAY”.

The Q-class hatchback is designed very creatively, giving it a sporty look targeting the youth. Etios Liva will carry the Q-class quality of Toyota maintaining its Quality, Durability and Reliability.

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The new Toyota hatchback is available in five variants: J, G, G Safety, V and VX. Key Features of Toyota Etios Liva include a spacious cabin, fuel efficiency and ride comfort which is best in its class.

Toyota Etios-Liva is launched by Mr. Hiroji Onishi President of Toyota Asia Pacific, Marketing and sales with Mr. Vikram Kirloskar vice-chairman TKM. Words by Mr. Hiroji Onishi (president, TMAP, Marketing and Sales) - including India in their global growth strategy, Etios is regarded as a milestone for Toyota in India as well as in the global market. The car has been particularly designed by keeping Indian taste, preferences and aspiration in mind. As Etios is greatly appreciated by the Indian customers, Etios Liva will be a turning point for Toyota in India. To which Mr. Vikram Kirloskar (Vice chairman TKM) added: this is a step towards making TKM India self Sufficient, and spreading its wings in the globalisation market.

The marketing stratergy for Toyota Etios Liva have been well planned. Basically targeting the youth publicity will be done in malls, pubs, and colleges. The brand ambassador of Toyota Etios and Etios Liva has specially designed a rhythm for the new Toyota Machine making it more popular in the market. With more than 20,000 Etios customers’ Etios has been well appreciated and loved in the Indian Market. The sale of Etios has achieved a great height.

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Mr. Vikram Kirloskar, Vice Chairman, TKM, said “The Etios project is the first of its kind not for TKM alone, but also for Toyota across the globe. The key to this project, is to make TKM self sufficient by increasing the level of localization. As announced earlier, we plan to locally produce engines and transmissions at Toyota Kirloskar Auto Parts, in the third quarter of 2012. This will help us increase the local parts content in the Etios and further contribute to the social and economic growth, by enhancing self sufficiency, generating employment and expanding operations in India. Localization will further help us develop our suppliers and facilitate them to meet global standards of production. It will also generate employment and provide opportunity for expansion and growth, further strengthening our supplier base in India.”

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Hiroshi Nakagawa, MD, TKM, said “I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our Etios customers. After the good response received by the Etios, we further expanded our production in order to cater to the huge demand. The annual production capacity will be increased to 2,10,000 units by the second quarter of 2012. In line with our ‘customer first philosophy’, we wish to keep our customers happy and satisfied by understanding the customer’s preferences and enhancing the product by incorporating their feedback. With the Etios Liva we have now entered the mass volume segment. Toyota vehicles are now available to all aspirational buyers in the middle income group.


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At Toyota, we truly believe in growing with the society. We wish to sell many more vehicles and contribute to the growth of the Indian automobile industry. Entering into the mass volume segment will help us realize this aim.”

Mr. Yoshinori Noritake, Chief Engineer of Toyoat Etios and Toyota Etios Liva said “With the Etios Liva, we aspire to offer the best suited car for the Indian customer at an affordable price, while providing a vehicle that is “one class above”. After interviewing and studying the customer preferences in India, we found, the need for affordably priced, quality cars was constantly growing. We first observed various aspects that were sought after by the customer and then enhanced the features and performance aspects that were truly needed while doing away with the excessive design elements.

The stylish, sporty and trendy Toyota Etios Liva has been designed to appeal to today’s youth. We have also added style by offering aero kits with front, rear and side skirt that is sure to make heads turn. The sporty steering wheel, instrument panel -designed to give a aircraft cockpit image, a premium audio system, audio system with Aux in, USB and a wireless remote adds on to the fun, youthful and sporty image of the car.”


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Talking about the Etios Sales and Marketing strategy in India, Sandeep Singh, DMD-Marketing, TKM, said “ The marketing campaign for the Etios Liva is exciting, innovative and abreast with the latest marketing tools, digital initiatives and promotions. Promotional activities targeting the youth have been planned in the popular youth hangouts like malls, pubs and also in colleges. Music maestro A R Rahman, the Brand Ambassador for Etios and Etios Liva has composed a special tune for Etios Liva ad campaign. He will also feature in a trendy music video. The music composed by Rahman, captures the spirit of today’s youth and the sporty image of Etios Liva – “Bari Humari Hai” (Its our turn now). Watch out for Rahman’s Etios Liva tune in the TV commercial and the music video on your television screens starting today. It is also available on our website.

We have more than 20,000 happy Etios customers across the nation. Etios has been received well and appreciated by our customers. The sale for Etios was overwhelming, as we sold more than we actually planned. We have brought down the waiting period to less than a month by increasing the production. We look forward to serving more and more customers with Etios Liva and hope that we continue to delight our customers with the Q Class experience. Etios Liva will go on sale and is on display at all our dealerships starting today. We currently have 158 dealerships and will expand our dealer network to 175 by the end of this year. We aim to come closer to our customers and help them avail the best of Toyota’s “Q” Class Service.”

Quick look at Toyota Etios Liva
The exteriors of this car are designed keeping simplicity in mind. The front grill is very unique among its family members, with a smile line sculptured on it. The roof is designed aerodynamically giving a clear appearance. 
Inner side of this car is sporty and comfortable as well.  The car comes with a better boot space, mobile holder, seven bottle holders, pockets at front and rear doors, cooled glovebox and many other features to attract the customers.
Toyota is already well known for its performance and safety. Especially features of this car include:
Ground clearance of 170mm
Under body protection to prevent damage.
ABS, EBD, Keyless Entry and Dual Front SRS Airbags
18.36 kmpl Mileage (ARAI Approved)
Power Steering, Power Windows, Seven Bottle Holders, Cooled Glovebox, etc.

Comments (1)


Monday, September 19, 2011

Toyota is best brand & Toyota Etios Liva is a good model. Exterior and interiors looks are good.

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