Toyota is planning to launch its new small car model in India. World’s largest car maker Toyota is expected to source the skin panels from Tata Steel for its new car which is expected to launch by 2011. Tata Steel may also be supplying these skin panels to Nissan Motors in India.
"We are talking to Toyota for supplying skin panels for the company's (Toyota's) new small car to be launched in India," said a senior Tata Steel official, confirming that the company is in discussion with Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM), the Indian joint venture of the Japanese car giant with the Kirloskar Group.
The skin panels give a fine shape to any car’s out body and are responsible for its looks. The skin panels need to be of highest quality of steel to withstand external harshness apart from being strong and thin. Tata Steel is already providing skin panels to Tata Motors, Hyundai, Maruti Suzuki and Honda Siel Cars India Limited. It also provides skin panels for Toyota Innova already so Tata Steel may be the natural choice for Toyota after all for its small cars.