Toyota Kirloskar Motor to invest Rs 3,300 crore in third plant at Bidadi
Japanese car and SUV maker inks MoU with government of Karnataka to expand manufacturing operations with third plant and 100,000 units per annum capacity. First model to roll out in 2026.
Toyota Kirloskar Motor and the Karnataka government today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for further expansion of the car maker’s manufacturing facility at Bidadi in Karnataka.
As per the MoU, TKM will make an additional investment of Rs 3,300 crore to set up its third manufacturing facility with a capacity of 100,000 units at Bidadi, about 35km from Bengaluru, potentially generating employment for up to 2,000 individuals.
Toyota’s existing plants at Bidadi have a combined output of about 400,000 units per annum, and this new plant – operational by 2026 – will add about 30 percent to Toyota’s production capacity. This announcement comes on the back of the brand completing 25 years in India.
This new plant will be the primary production base for an upcoming three-row SUV, which, as we have reported previously, will be a longer version of the Corolla Cross sold overseas. It's codenamed the 340D and Toyota is expected to produce 60,000 units annually, with a launch likely by 2026.
The MoU was signed and exchanged today by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, Government of Karnataka and Masakazu Yoshimura, MD and CEO, Toyota Kirloskar Motor in the presence of DK Shivakumar, Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka; M B Patil, Minister for Large & Medium Industries, and Infrastructure Development, Government of Karnataka, and Ms Geetanjali Kirloskar, Chairperson and Managing Director, Kirloskar Systems.
"We take immense pride in being the home to Toyota's manufacturing plants and express our appreciation for Toyota's plans for further investments in the state. Their presence in Karnataka since 1997, is an example of the state consistently remaining an attractive destination," said Mr Siddaramaiah, Chief Minister, Government of Karnataka.
Last year, the Toyota Group of companies constituting Toyota Kirloskar Motor and Toyota Kirloskar Auto Parts (TKAP) signed and announced their MoU with the Government of Karnataka to invest Rs 4,100 crore aimed at making deeper cuts in CO2 emissions and enhance electrification and fast pace shift towards greener technologies. TKAP is the best-case point for India’s emergence as a global manufacturing hub of strategic importance through continued commitment to mass electrification by producing not only for India but for exports as well.
“The company's move to invest further in Karnataka marks a substantial step forward in realising our vision to emerge as Asia's forefront in Future Technology and Advanced Manufacturing. This harmonises seamlessly with the Industries and Commerce Department's vision for balanced and sustainable growth," said D K Shivakumar, Deputy Chief Minister, Government of Karnataka.
“Karnataka, as the pioneer in releasing a dedicated EV policy in 2017, updated in 2021, stands as the leader in attracting investments of Rs 25,000 crore, spanning the entire EV value chain. With approximately 2 Lakh EVs registered in the State, Karnataka is steadfast in reshaping the mobility landscape,” said B Patil, Minister for Large and Medium Industries, and Infrastructure Development, Government of Karnataka.
Furthermore, the Government is coming up with a new clean mobility policy that aims to position Karnataka as the premier destination for EV manufacturing, spanning the entire value chain from battery and cell manufacturing, component production, original equipment manufacturers, charging and testing infrastructure, to research and development.
“With this, the government aims to attract investments of Rs 50,000 crore across the entire EV value chain, generating approximately 100,000 new jobs, and establishing a comprehensive and supportive EV ecosystem in the State”, Patil added.
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