What's Wrong With This Picture: Speaking Of Downsizing… Edition
Japan’s Mag-X [via Autoten] brings us this rendering of a Toyota low-cost car, said to be planned for a 2012 launch in India’s hot-hot entry-level car market. Expected to weigh about 1,322 lbs, Toyota’s Tata Nano-fighter is said to have an 800cc two-cylinder engine mounted out back (alá Nano).
Though Japanese car mags have a bit of a reputation for floating speculative renderings that later prove to be well off the mark, Indian Autos Blog notes that Toyota Senior Managing Director Dato Akira Okabe recently said:
We may look at launching more than one compact car model for the (Indian) domestic market. Our current market share in passenger vehicles is 3 per cent. In the next four years, we hope to sell three times our current volumes. And by 2015, our rate of growth will be in double digitsIn other words, Toyota’s Nano-fighter might not look exactly like this picture, but it seems likely to be in development. With firms like India market leader Maruti Suzuki passing 1m annual production, and planning to double production over the next six years, Toyota needs a strong entry-level car to stay competitive in India’s growing market. As does GM, which is reportedly preparing a Nano-fighter concept [ preview rendering here] with partner SAIC, to be debuted at the forthcoming Shanghai Auto Show.
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