Newly sworn in Karnataka Minister and Congress leader Zameer Ahmed Khan has made an unusual demand on camera. The newly appointed minister has been allocated a Toyota Innova as the official car, however, he has demanded an SUV, namely Toyota Fortuner. Here’s what happened.
But says Innova is more comfortable
Department of Personnel and Administrative Reforms (DPAR) has decided to give a Toyota Innova to the minister after he joined the cabinet. In a press conference, Zameer Ahmed Khan said that the car given by the DPAR is small and it will be good if he can get the Toyota Fortuner that was used by former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah during his tenure.
He later clarified that he is used to a bigger car and feels that Innova is too small for his comfort. He even said that the Innova is a more comfortable car and is better than the Fortuner for long distance journeys. However, he is used to bigger cars and has been using SUVs for a long time now and will feel more homely in an SUV.
The new chief minister of the state, H.D. Kumaraswamy earlier directed his administration to be on an austerity drive and cut down on all unnecessary expenditure. He added that he will review all the new proposals to buy new cars, refurbishing and renovating the government offices and residences. The request was meant towards strengthening the state’s finances.
Both are best-sellers in the segment
Toyota Innova and the Fortuner are highly popular vehicles on the market and both are best-sellers in their respective segments. The Toyota Innova is preferred by cab fleet owners due to the spacious interior and excellent driving comfort. The Toyota Fortuner’s modern looks and off-roading capabilities make it a popular choice in its segment. Both the vehicles get the worry-free Toyota service backup and bullet-proof engines.
It should be noted that many ministers in India use both the Toyota Innova Crysta and Toyota Fortuner as their official cars. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has several Toyota Fortuners in his cavalcade, which travels with him around India. It should be noted that the base price of Toyota Innova Crysta is almost half of the Toyota Fortuner’s base price. The Toyota Innova Crysta is priced from Rs. 14.34 lakhs while the Toyota Fortuner’s base variant is priced at Rs. 26.69 lakhs. Both prices are ex-showroom, Delhi.