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IMC Unveils First Locally-Made Corolla Cross to PM

02 Jun 2023   228   Toyota   Corolla Cross
IMC Unveils First Locally-Made Corolla Cross to PM

IMC Unveils First Locally-Made Corolla Cross to PM

A delegation from Indus Motor Company (IMC) recently presented Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif with the first locally-made Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV). The meeting, attended by IMC's Vice Chairman Shinji Yanagi, Chief Executive Ali Asghar Jamali, and Toyota Asia President Yoshiki Konishi, highlighted the significance of this milestone for Pakistan's automotive industry. The customers can note the breaking news that IMC Unveils First Locally-Made Corolla Cross to PM.

Prime Minister's Support for Localization and Export: 

During the meeting, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif commended IMC's initiative in producing Pakistan's first locally-manufactured hybrid HEV SUV. He emphasized the importance of further localization of vehicles within the country, while also encouraging their export. Sharif assured the continuation of HEV incentives as outlined in the Auto Policy 2021-2026. Federal Finance Minister Ishaq Dar also acknowledged the economic and environmental benefits of the new product.

Toyota's Contribution to Pakistan: 

Yoshiki Konishi, Chief Designer of the Corolla Cross and President of Toyota Asia, expressed gratitude to the government and people of Pakistan for their support over the past three decades. He referred to the Corolla as a product that holds a special place in his heart, emphasizing its growing popularity as Pakistan's "people's car."

Anticipated Launch amidst Challenges: 

The locally-made Corolla Cross represents a significant achievement for Toyota Pakistan, as it has been one of the most eagerly awaited cars in the domestic industry. According to sources, the crossover SUV is expected to be launched in June-July 2023. However, the current economic and political situation poses significant challenges for IMC and other car manufacturers. The market stagnation, along with issues such as non-issuance of LCs by the State Bank of Pakistan, problems in importing raw materials, and fluctuating exchange rates, hinder progress.

Breath of Fresh Air for the Industry: 

Despite the prevailing challenges faced by the automotive industry, the introduction of the Toyota Corolla Cross HEV is seen as a much-needed boost. The industry eagerly awaits this breath of fresh air. Here are the notable specifications and features of the upcoming CBU Toyota Corolla Cross.

Specifications and Features:

1798cc hybrid engine
Produces 168hp at 3600 RPM and 305Nm torque at 3600 RPM
Equipped with Direct Shift CVT transmission

Safety Features:
Top-of-the-line variant: 7 airbags (driver, passenger, side, drive knee, and curtains)
Low-end variant: Dual airbags
Both variants feature ABS, Hill Starting Assist System, parking sensors, and passenger seat sensors

Top-of-the-line variant: LED headlamps and DRLs
Low-end variant: Halogen headlamps
Body-colored door handles, electric + auto-fold side view mirrors, and a shark fin antenna
Top-of-the-line variant: Power + kick sensor trunk door; other variants: Electric lock boot
17-inch alloy rims in all variants
Top-of-the-line variant: Moonroof, cruise control, shark fin antenna, and rear wiper with auto sensors
Low-end variant: No cruise control

Top-of-the-line variant: 8-inch touchscreen infotainment, leather seats, Auto AC dual mode, and rear AC vents
Low-end variant: Fabric seats, Basic audio system with CD/BT, Single-Mode Auto AC, and no rear AC vents
All variants feature Sports + Eco driving modes
Push Start feature and smart entry across all variants

The locally-manufactured Toyota Corolla Cross HEV marks a significant milestone for the Pakistani automotive industry. Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif's support for further localization and export of vehicles reflects the government's commitment to promoting sustainable and technologically advanced transportation solutions. As the industry eagerly anticipates the official launch, the Corolla Cross is poised to make a positive impact on Pakistan's automotive landscape.

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