Toyota Kirloskar Motor VC Vikram Kirloskar dies after a heart attack

Vikram Kirloskar, Vice Chairman, Toyota Kirloskar Motor Pvt. Ltd died on Tuesday. Kirloskar is one of the stalwarts of the Indian automotive market and was the face of Toyota in India. Only a few days ago, he launched the all-new Innova HyCross on stage in Mumbai, Maharashtra.

Toyota Kirloskar Motor VC Vikram Kirloskar dies after a heart attack

Initial reports suggests that Vikram Kirloskar suffered a massive heart attack. Toyota India has confirmed the incident in a public statement on its social media handles. The statement says, “We are extremely saddened to inform the untimely demise of Mr Vikram S.Kirloskar, Vice Chairman, Toyota Kirloskar Motor on 29th November 2022. At this time of grief, we request everyone to pray that his soul rests in peace. We extend our deepest sympathies to his family and friends. Last respect can be paid at Hebbal Crematorium, Bengaluru, on 30th November 2022 at 1pm.”

Apart from being the head of Toyota Kirloskar India, 64 year old Vikram Kirloskar held important positions at CII, SIAM and ARAI over the years. He was the president of the Confederation of Indian Industry during 2019-20 and was currently serving as the Chairman of CII Manufacturing Council, CII Trade Fair’s council and Chairman Hydrogen Task Force. Kirloskar was also actively serving on the Board of Trustees of The Rhode Island School of Design.

He played an important role for bringing the joint venture with the Toyota Group and starting a major automobile manufacturing facility in the Karnataka state.

Kirloskar firmly believed in hybrid technology and said that the current level of renewable energy sources is very low in India and electric vehicles do not necessarily serve the purpose of reducing carbon emissions in the country.

Meanwhile, many industry heads including Executive Chairperson of Biocon Biologics, Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, condoled the death of Vikram Kirloskar and shared her message on Twitter.

Toyota Kirloskar Motor

Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) Private Limited is an Indian joint venture between Toyota Motor Corporation and Kirloskar Group. The Kirloskar Group owns 11% of the group. The brand works on the sales and manufacturing of the Toyota and Suzuki cars in India.

The TKM entered the Indian market way back in 1997. The company’s first product in the Indian market was the Qualis in 2000 and it became a major success in India. In a short span of 2 years, Toyota captured 20 percent MUV market share with the Qualis from the established manufacturers like Mahindra and Tata Motors. In 2002 TKM introduced the Camry and a year later, the brand introduced the Corolla.

In 2005, TKM launched the Innova to replace the Qualis based on the IMV platform. Since then, the brand has introduced highly successful models like the Fortuner, Etios and more. In recent times, TKM launched the all-new Urban Cruiser HyRyder and the Innova HyCross.