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Toyota launches diesel version of Corolla Altis at Rs 10.95 lakh
NEW DELHI, JUL 21 (AGENCIES):
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Published on 21 Jul. 2010 11:59 PM IST
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Toyota Kirloskar Motors on Wednesday launched the diesel version of Corolla Altis at a price of Rs 10.95 lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi. TheCorolla Altis car will be available in three variants D4DJ, D4DG and D4DGL. The top end model would cost Rs 13.75 lakh.
The Altis earlier came with a petrol engine and Toyota hopes to corner a higher share of this fast-growing segment with the diesel version. The petrol Altis is currently available between Rs 10 lakh and Rs 14 lakh in Delhi (ex-showroom price).
The changes in the new model are mainly limited to the engine and the exterior remains more or less the same.
The Altis diesel is powered by a 1.4 litre common rail diesel engine capable of producing 88.4PS and a torque of 205 Nm. Transmission duties are handled by a manual six-speed gearbox.
While the power specs might not sound very exciting the fuel efficiency figures certainly make for a heavier wallet.
Toyota claims the fuel efficiency to be 21.4 kmpl, which is one of the best figures in the diesel segment.
Bookings for the diesel Corolla Altis would start immediately. The company has set a sales target of 800 units per month.
The premium sedan market, that ranges between Rs 10 lakh and Rs 15 lakh, has models like Honda Civic, Chevrolet Cruze, Skoda Laura and Volkswagen Jetta.
While the segment was badly hit last year due to economic slowdown, it is seeing healthy times again and now growing by around 30%. Monthly sales in the category average around 3000 units and it is expected to gather pace with growing economy and rising disposable income.

 
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