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No change in plans for hybrid vehicles post GST: Toyota

LiveMint logoLiveMint 11-07-2017 PTI

New Delhi: Toyota Kirloskar Motor on Tuesday said it will not change its plans for hybrid vehicles in India despite increase in tax rates on the category of vehicles under the goods and services tax (GST) resulting in higher prices.

Under the new tax regime, prices of the company’s popular hybrid sedan Camry have gone up by an average of Rs3 lakh. The model, which is assembled at the company’s Bengaluru plant, now costs around Rs35 lakh as against Rs32 lakh earlier.

Hybrid vehicles are on the same slab as luxury cars at 28% GST plus 15% cess at present. At 43%, total tax incidence on these vehicles is higher from the previous effective tax rate of 30.3%.

“We will continue with this journey of hybrid vehicles in India. Our commitment remains the same and we believe that this technology is good for environment,” Toyota Kirloskar Motor senior vice president and director N. Raja told PTI here.

Raja said the higher tax rate under GST has come as a setback but the company would continue with its pursuit to find new customers.

“What has happened with GST is that hybrid customers, who are mostly large business owners are busy sorting out their businesses to comply with the new tax system. So, it’s taking time for enquiries to convert into deliveries, “ Raja said.

On the overall impact of GST, he said in June the company delivered about 2,000 units to its dealers in order to avoid stock pile up in the run-up to the implementation of the new tax regime. In the prior months the company delivered around 12,000 units.

“From July we have resumed normal delivery and we expect to make up for the loss in June in the next three months,” Raja said.

Commenting on the industry growth prospects, he said, “We believe that the industry will grow by around 6-7% and we should be able to keep pace with the same.”

Toyota on Tuesday launched a smartphone application, Toyota Connect India, to provide assistance to its customers for service, roadside assistance and navigation.

“This (app) has been launched keeping in mind the nature of our customers who are tech savvy and are expecting easier and convenient car ownership,” Raja said.

The app available for Android and iOS will be free to customers for the first year and Toyota will decide later on whether it would be subscription-based depending on customer response, he said.

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