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Toyota's third manufacturing plant in India announced

In a move that promises to rev up the "Make in India" engine, Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) has just inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Government of Karnataka. Hold onto your seatbelts, folks, because this isn't your average MOU; picture this: INR 3,300 crores zooming into the Indian manufacturing landscape, coinciding with TKM's 25th-year celebration of causing ripples in the automotive pond.

This isn't TKM's first rodeo – it's their third plant in India, making Bidadi the automotive equivalent of a blockbuster trilogy. It's to be built around Toyota's existing facility in Bidadi near Bangalore. 

The MOU was signed amidst an aura of distinguished awesomeness. Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri. Siddaramaiah of Karnataka and Mr. Masakazu Yoshimura, TKM's Chief Maestro, joined forces, officially sealing the deal in a ceremony that is set to expand horizons for Toyota's operations in India. With the addition of this plant Toyota is hoping to increase its production capacity by 1 lakh units per annum. The upcoming plant will also attract an investment of around Rs 3,300 crores. It will also generate about 2,000 new jobs.

So buckle up because TKM is not just building cars; they're building dreams, injecting a dose of humor into "mobility for all." With a new plant on the horizon, it's safe to say that TKM is steering India towards a future where every road trip feels like a joyride! Will Maruti be benefiting from this expansion? Given that Toyota currently manufactures the Grand Vitara and Invicto on behalf of Maruti Suzuki, we could hope for some benefits being passed on to the latter. 

Toyota's journey began with the iconic Qualis and their portfolio has expanded to the Rumion, Vellfire, Hilux, Camry Hybrid, Glanza, Innova HyCross, Fortuner, Legender and the Innova Crysta. All we can hope for now is for Toyota to give us cars that we actually want, like the GR Yaris, and for them to make India as their export hub, thus increasing our countries presence on the global automotive map. 

TopGear Magazine February 2024