Toyota Etios and the Liva have begun to export to South Africa from Ennore Port near Chennai. The first shipment including Etios and Liva were of 247 unit’s sets sails for South Africa. The company has plans to export around 20000 units per annum. The export models will be built on the same platform as Etios and Etios Liva are manufactured and sold in India and these cars are customized based on the local requirement. Toyota will only export the petrol model of Etios and the Liva which are manufactured at its TKM’s second plant located in Bidadi industrial area on the outskirts of Bangalore.
The export model will also be manufactured in the same plant. The ceremony took place at the Ennore Port on April 4, 2012 and the people who were there including Mr. R. Ashoka, Honorable Minister for Home and Transport, Govt. of Karnataka, Mr. Murugesh R. Nirani, Honorable Minister of Industries, Govt. of Karnataka, Mr. S. Velumani, CMD, Ennore Port, Mr. Ambuj Sharma, Joint Secretary, Dept of Heavy Industries and His Excellency Mr. Masanori Nakano, Consulate General of Japan in Chennai amongst other dignitaries from Toyota Kirloskar Motor and the Government.
Toyota Etios Export Ceremony Pictures: