Indus Motor Company (IMC) has finally officially started to roll off the locally assembled Toyota Corolla Cross in Pakistan. The crossover was introduced a couple of years ago as a CBU-imported model.
At IMC’s plant in Karachi, the grand line-off ceremony signaled the start of a new chapter in the company’s history as it introduced its first (locally assembled) hybrid vehicle in Pakistan since its inception in 1993— 30 years ago.
Yoshiyuki Takai, President of Toyota’s Emerging-market Compact Car Company Group, and Mohamedali R. Habib, Chairman of IMC, were among the guests of honor in attendance at the ceremony, along with government representatives. IMC expressed gratitude to stakeholders for their support, emphasizing the milestone as a testament to the enduring friendship between Islamabad and Tokyo.
The specifications, features, and pricing of the locally assembled Toyota Corolla Cross, however, have not yet been made public by IMC. At the same time, the company has categorically denied the authenticity of a ‘fraudulent letter’ that has been going viral on social media for the last couple of days and mentions price & booking of the vehicle. Information not released through IMC’s official channels should be considered unauthorized and deceptive, the company stressed.
As per initial information, the Toyota Corolla Cross is set to be released in two variants: a 1.8L gasoline and an HEV (Hybrid Electric Vehicle) variant that comes with a 1.8L engine paired with an electric motor. IMC’s CEO, Ali Asghar Jamali, emphasized the company’s dedication to sustainability, revealing an investment exceeding $100 million in bringing the first locally assembled Toyota HEV in Pakistan to life. He expressed optimism that customers would eagerly embrace the new locally assembled Corolla Cross HEV.
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