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.