End of the road for Toyota Etios, Liva and Corolla in India

As India progressed to BS6 era; Toyota announced the the departure of Etios, Liva and Corolla from its lineup in the Indian market. Practically the dispatches/wholesale of these models had stopped prior to January 2020 itself.

Both Etios & Liva were ‘Made for India’ models and Toyota had lot of aspirations from these models to strengthen their presence in the Indian subcontinent. The Etios nameplate comes from the Greek word “Ethos”, meaning spirit, character and ideas. The sedan version was launched in December 2010 and the hatchback version (called Liva in India and Valco in Indonesia) was launched in June 2011. Both Etios & Liva will be discontinued in India as the Bharat Stage 6 standards goes into effect in April 2020. As Toyota had no interest to upgrade the Etios/Liva to meet the new emissions standards, it will be indirectly replaced by the more upmarket Yaris as sedan and Glanza as Toyota’s subcompact car offering in the country.

In the decade of their existence; Etios sold 2,73,843 units and Liva sold 1,74,665 units. The sales trend saw a dip consistently since the past 5 years and was a cause of concern for Toyota India. Toyota even pitched both Etios & Liva aggressively in the taxi segment to hold to the volumes. Infact; Etios was also revered among the Taxi buyers and was famed for its low cost of maintenance and frugal diesel engine. However; the road comes to an end for both the models now.

Toyota India also announced the discontinuation of its global best seller of all time – Corolla. The Corolla nameplate has been sale in the Indian sub-continent since 2003 and has sold 1,16,497 units since its existence in India. In 2003; India received the Ninth Generation E130 detuned version and has been one of the favorite models among the buyers in its segment. Corolla got immediate fame at its launch and sold over 8k units in the first year of its launch itself. However; its volumes declined to 1,422 units in 2019. In global markets; the current generation Corolla is being replaced by all-New model. Owing to low volumes; Toyota did not see the viability to bring in the next-gen Corolla to India. The sales trend is highlighted for reference –

Top 25 Selling Cars of FY2020

We have been closely monitoring the sales statistics of the Indian Automobile Industry and we place higher weightage to the FY (Fiscal Year) data as it represents a longer timeline and gives a clearer picture of the sales trend. The Indian Automobile Industry witnessed a turbulent FY20 and degrew -17.3% in comparison to FY19.

You may ask on why we have an exclusive post for Top 25 selling cars – The sole reason is that these 25 cars contributed to over 82% of the overall cars sold (among 101 models on sales in the Indian market). If you dive even further; the Top 10 models sold almost 52% of the overall cars sold in India!

Before going to the Best Selling cars of FY20; you can refer the FY19 sales performance – here.

  • Maruti Alto retained the Top Slot and emerged as the Best Selling Car of FY20. However; it degrew -26% in FY20 v/s FY19.
  • The Top 7 models were from Maruti’s stable. And apart from Maruti; 3 Hyundai models fared in the Top 10 list.
  • i20 was the Best Selling Hyundai for FY20. It had a significant lead from the likes of i10 & Venue to emerge as the best seller.
  • The Non-Maruti & Non-Hyundai in the Top 15 were – Kia’s Seltos & Mahindra’s Bolero.