Toyota Kirloskar Motors is on the driver’s seat with its suv Fortuner brining some good fortunes. This encouraged the company to go in for a diesel variant in the form of Prado, by next year. With the initial launch in this December in Japan, the car will be on the Indian roads in a gap of six months after getting the consent from the apex company. the petrol variant is not prospective, as per the statement from its DMD as the sale was only 50-60 units and the sale will shoot up with the arrival of diesel version.
The cost will be more than the petrol’s Rs45 lakhs and the company is on the steps of boosting the suvs and Innova with equal focus on small cars. The editor of Auto Car India Hormazd Sorabjee is all praise for this Prado and Toyota in particular, in spite of the cost factor. The SUVs too bring laurels to Toyota. The dealers too are hopeful of pushing more Prado in diesel version, after experiencing the debacle with its petrol version.
Prado diesel will certainly outnumber the petrol version, as the people are anticipating good returns from Toyota. The markets of Delhi and Chandigarh exerted a tremendous support to Prado while the response in southern and the western areas was poor. The condition for Fortuner was excellent with 7000 bookings poured in the first month itself and there are 1000 cars on road already.