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Toyota to launch 20 new models in China by 2016 – Etios-based sedan and hatch to lead the way

Published: November 27, 2012 | 6:57 am
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Following on the report yesterday that Toyota is set to introduce two brands exclusively for the Chinese market beginning next year, word has it that the automaker is planning to introduce 20 new models in China by 2016.

It’s mentioned that of the 20, two small cars will be the among the first in, arriving in the second half of next year. The offerings are a sedan and a hatch – the sedan will come from the JV in Tianjin with FAW, while the hatch will be built at the JV with Guangzhou Automobile.

While no mention was made as to the identity of the vehicles, the fact that they’re coming off the JVs means they are likely to be based around the workings of the Etios sedan and Etios Liva hatch.

For the sedan, it was reported last year that Toyota intends to keep costs down by using Etios parts for the new car, which will have a 1.5 litre engine, but that the Chinese derivative would be slightly larger than the Etios to accomodate preferences in the Chinese market.


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