Suzuki has managed to ship 23 units of the Baleno to Toyota Kirloskar Motor, which sells the rebadged version as the Glanza. While not a big number, it surely is a start on the road to recovery for the Japanese car giant.
Toyota Kirloskar Motors has been slowly restarting operation in India during the relaxations in the current lockdown. In May 2020, Toyota Kirloskar Motor has registered a sale of 23 units of the Glanza. This is quite a small number, especially if you consider that it's usual for the Baleno to retail more than 10,000 units a month regularly. However, let's not forget that Suzuki's Gujarat-based production facility, which supplies the car to TKM, had resumed operations towards the month-end, and this is why it could ship only a handful of units to the partner. Even Maruti Suzuki, which sold more than 1.25 lakh units in May 2019, could register a sale of 18,539 units last month.
Toyota Glanza is manufactured by Maruti and then rebadged by Toyota for sale in India. Badge-engineering is quite a popular strategy used by Toyota for many of its international markets. In the United States of America, Toyota sells the GT86 sports coupe alongside the Subaru BR-Z and the now-discontinued Scion FR-S.
Badge engineering has been a smart strategy for Toyota internationally, and that is pretty much the case in India. In May 2019, Toyota had sold 2,142 units in May 2019 while Maruti had sold 15,176 units of the Baleno during the same time period, which is over seven times the sales volume of the Glanza.
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Toyota Glanza is identical to the Maruti Baleno is almost every way. It is powered by the same engine and transmission options as well. You get 1.2-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine that produces 83 PS and 113 Nm of peak power and torque, respectively. The same engine is also available in a ‘Dualjet’ format, which bumps up the power to 90 PS while the torque remains constant at 113 Nm. You get a five-speed manual as standard, and a CVT automatic is provided as an option. The ‘Dualjet’ engine is also provided with a mild-hybrid system on-board.
In other news, automakers in India are slowly resuming operations, trying to reach full capacity at a steady pace. While April 2020 had absolutely zero sales from all car companies in our country, May 2020 was significantly better. Sales are expected to escalate soon though, as the preference for personal mobility has increased post-pandemic, and people are expected to buy more vehicles soon. The surge in vehicle purchases will extend to the used car market as well.