• May 10, 2006
Last month we reported how Toyota Motor Corp. found itself at a disadvantage in emerging markets such as Brazil and India where cost is a top priority among buyers.
Toyota, the automotive equivalent of an irrresistable force, is not deterred. The newspaper Nihon Keizai reports the company has plans to launch a compact car in the Indian market by 2010. Other markets on the table are Central and South America and Europe. The new car, to be co-developed with subsidiary Daihatsu Motor, would cost $7,165. When Toyota was asked about the report, a spokesperson said no decision has been reached in any detail.

[Source: Nihon Keizai via NDTV Profit]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      So GM anounces the Camaro in 2005 to sell for MY 2008 and people are all over them about the time to market and Toyota anounces a vehicle in 2006 (a small ass piece at that) to sell for MY 2010 and GM is slow to market and sucks unbelievably? No wait, this small Toyota isn't going to be sold in the world's largest auto market where bringing something bad causes all kinds of pissed off customers lasting for decades, no, it is to India to boot. And their using low cost Daihastsu which already has the "low cost building" experience. Oh, yeah, it's Toyota so it's OK. Sorry I forgot.
      • 8 Years Ago
      As a small child, I soiled myself when a Toyota honked at me, and I've harbored a bitter resentment ever since. I still can't look at a Toyota without squirting a little. But I'm working on it.

      I'm reconsidering my irrational hatred toward Toyota. I'm sorry I've been such a clueless dumbass for such a long time.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Well, except for the Datsun 240Z, Toyota 2000GT, Honda S800, Nissan Skyline GT-R, Toyota Land Cruiser, Mazda Cosmo 110S, and Subaru 360.

      Granted, these don't loom large in the horizons of American muscle car collectors. But in the greater classic car community, they're as collectible and memorable as a lot of famous Detroit Iron.

      Incidentally, I really wish people would stop using the "Jap" term here. I'm sure that AutoBlog gets Japanese readers, and it's not like they personally bombed Pearl Harbor.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I wondered if Toyota saw how Renault had worked with its Logan http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dacia_Logan (sold as a Dacia in Romania and Renault in others countries) and saw the Logan as a possible threat to its expansion? I got to stop imagining some conspiration theories LOL
      • 8 Years Ago
      It is likely that in the next 4 years Toyota will be building completely different production processes in new locations as will their suppliers. Basically they will be starting from dirt. Four years sounds pretty ambitious. GM literally has 1000's of people sitting on their ass and shuttered production facilities. The GM challenge is a trifle.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Toyota is only going to get bigger, this will push it past GM. You may have american muscle but you also have the joke of all auto companies, GM.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Not to forget the Toyota Supra, Acura NSX (still considered one of the finest cars ever), and the Mazda RX7.

      And if anybody really believes that gas-prices will go down...dream on. They are here to stay, which unfortunately means that good ol' American muscle will be expensive to support in the future.
      • 8 Years Ago
      camaro, challenger, mustang, escalade, stsv, big gas gusslers? you betcha! just wait about a year when gas prices settle down and we loyal american car lovers are able to buy the real cars that only a true car lover wants. no, not your boring toyoda, or undependable nissans, but pure american muscle, something tojo never understood. ever watch barrett- jackson or kruse auto auction on tv? no jap car ever made the classics.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Lithous, u need to be smacked. Small cars and gas guzzling sports coupes are two different things. Anyone with an ounce of foresight can see that small cars are a trend that is not about to go away. GM is debuting it's Camaro FOUR YEARS after Ford debuted the Mustang. Dont hate on Toyota because they kick ass.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I agree with the article. The onw advantage of Toyota in India is the perception/image they've built with Japan made Corollas and Camrys. When they first started selling cars in India they introduced feature-rich, almost luxurious, high mileage Corolla imported from Japan, very expensive (because of duties etc.), but people loved it. They did same with Camry. Than they introduced weired looking box suv called Qualis. At first sight you would hate it. But this vehicle was very sturdy (most of Indian roads are not that great) and could carry one typical Indian family (grand-parents, mom and dad and two kids) easily anywhere. Now it is one of the most popular vehicle purely because of its utility and realibilty (because looks are ugly). As a result of all of the above, Toyota has become hugely respected brand. Now compared to domestic OEMs (Tata etc.), Honda and Ford, Toyota is selling less vehicles, but whenever they introduced new vehicle small or big, they have people's attention. SO yes it is a test, but Toyota is pretty much set for it.
      • 8 Years Ago
      If you are interested in what's being offered in India's Auto market, here is the link:

      http://www.indiacar.com/

      Check under new cars ...