Toyota to invest Rs1,400 crore for "strategic" small car in India

New Delhi: Japanese auto maker Toyota Motor Corp is gearing up to introduce a 'strategic' small car in India by 2010 by. The company will invest  Rs1,400 crore ($350 million), for setting up a second plant in the country at its existing location in Karnataka.

The new plant will have a production capacity of 1,00,000 units and will become operational by 2010, he added. The company's current plant has a capacity of 63,000 units a year.

The plant will make the Corolla sedans along with the small cars

The company plans to have high level of localisation for the small car by procuring several components and sub-systems from Indian vendors.

Primarily the car maker plans to sell the small car in the fast growing domestic market, though some will be exported as well, the company stated

"From this plant, we will roll out a strategic new small car which is currently under development at our Japan R&D facility. The small will meet the broad needs of the Indian customers," Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) deputy managing director K K Swamy said.