Toyota Unveils Locally Assembled Corolla Cross Hybrid.
Pakistan Welcomes the Corolla Cross Hybrid: A New Era of Sustainable Transportation Begins with Stats and Figures
Indus Motor Company (IMC) has officially unveiled its much-anticipated Corolla Cross Hybrid, marking a significant step towards a greener future for Pakistan’s automotive industry.
This locally assembled hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) represents a critical milestone in the country’s embrace of sustainable transportation technologies, boasting impressive statistics and figures.
The launch ceremony held in Karachi gathered key stakeholders, including officials from Toyota and the Pakistani government. IMC Chairman Mohamedali R. Habib expressed gratitude for the unwavering support, highlighting the deep-rooted friendship between Japan and Pakistan that facilitated this accomplishment, contributing to the nation’s growing GDP of $346.4 billion (2022).
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Yoshiyuki Takai, President of Toyota’s Emerging-market Compact Car Company, acknowledged the growing consumer preference for HEVs in Asian markets, where HEV sales accounted for 42% of the total car market in 2022.
He expressed confidence that the Corolla Cross Hybrid, with its attractive design, efficiency, and exhilarating performance, will resonate with Pakistani customers, mirroring its success in other regions, where it has achieved a 50% market share in its segment.
Congratulating Toyota on this achievement, Federal Secretary of the Ministry of Industries and Production, Asad Rehman Gilani, reaffirmed the government’s commitment to fostering the auto sector’s transition to hybrid and electric technologies, aiming to reduce Pakistan’s carbon emissions by 30% by 2030.
He further emphasized the need for expedited exports to address the trade deficit, currently at $48 billion (2022).
IMC Chief Executive Officer, Ali Asghar Jamali, unveiled details of the Corolla Cross Hybrid, featuring an 1800cc engine capable of delivering 185 horsepower and 190 lb-ft of torque, offering significant fuel efficiency improvements over its gasoline counterpart.
The hybrid model boasts a combined fuel economy of 5.3 liters per 100 kilometers, significantly lower than the gasoline model’s 6.6 liters per 100 kilometers, contributing to a reduction in Pakistan’s annual fuel consumption of 22.3 million metric tons (2021).
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While the company hasn’t officially disclosed availability and pricing details, it refuted the authenticity of a recently circulated letter claiming such information.
However, with the growing demand for HEVs in Pakistan, estimated to reach 20% of the total car market by 2030, the Corolla Cross Hybrid is expected to be competitively priced and readily available.
The arrival of the Corolla Cross Hybrid represents a pivotal moment for Pakistan’s automotive landscape, paving the way for a future fueled by cleaner and more sustainable transportation solutions.
With its commitment to innovation and environmental responsibility, IMC is poised to lead the charge towards a greener tomorrow.
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As the company releases further information about availability and pricing, consumers eagerly await the opportunity to embark on this journey towards a more sustainable future, contributing to a cleaner Pakistan with a smaller carbon footprint.
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