Toyota Motors has plans of bringing a new small car from it’s Daihatsu series of cars in India. The new small car is expected to be launched by mid 2012. The popularity of the Daihatsu small cars in other Asian markets like Malaysia and Indonesia is one of the major regions India is being considered for launching the Daihatsu brand. The Daihatsu brand is expected to launch cars across all the segments starting from the entry level 600cc segment.
The entry level 600cc compact car by Toyota will be based on the Yaris, a sub compact model. Owing to an additional localization of somewhat 30-40 percent, the new compact car is expected to be a keen market competitor in the entry level segment.
The Toyota Etios, due to be launched later this year will mark the entry of Totota Motors in the Indian small car segment. Combined with Daihatsu’s small car expected to be launched in 2012, Toyota plans on strenthening its presence in the small car segment.