There is now a pretty strong indication that the 2013 Toyota Vios with a new face will be available in the second half of 2013. Aside from the alleged leaked picture available on the internet showing Vios being tested on the road, all Toyota sedans now sported a new grille or face lifted and the Vios is the only one isn’t yet.
However, there are also disturbing news went as far back as 2011 that Toyota will no longer produce the Vios or the sedan version of the Yaris. If this true, this maybe a blunder on Toyota’s part especially in places like Indonesia where Vios is actually sells pretty well.
The argument is that Toyota Vios is not an actual car type in itself but rather it is a sedan version of the Toyota Yaris. And now that the Yaris sells a lot more than the Vios, Toyota has decided to concentrate on the Yaris and drop the Vios to stream line its line up. The example cited is that similar car goes by the name Belta in Japan and Pakistan is targeted for just one class below the Corolla has been discontinued June last year.
Although the Indonesian version of Yaris and Vios use the same 4 cylinders, in-line, 16 valve DOHC with VVT-I engine code named 1NZ-FE, it is very difficult to say if a particular car type is the same car type with different names in different countries. The reason is that each country has a vastly different culture and car market that simply changing the name may not be sufficient. At what point can a car still be called the same car when most of its features and engines are difference?
Another argument for the discontinuation is that the Vios is not necessary and the Corolla can fill the void left by the car, again, to stream line its line up. This is also hard to justify.
Looking at both of the cars price point, the top of the line Vios 1.5 TRD A/T priced at “only” Rp 269 million while the entry level Grand New 1.8 G A/T Corolla Altis is priced at Rp 369 million. With Rp 100 million price difference, the Vios would be buyers will probably go for Honda City or the rumored New Suzuki Baleno rather than going up to the Corolla.
Last but not least is the Vios sales performance. While the Toyota Vios does not sell as good as the flagship Avanza or the Yaris, it still one of the best seller of Toyota in Indonesia beating the Camry and the Corolla by a good margin.
If Toyota does decide to stop producing the Vios, it doesn’t mean that there will be no new Vios sold in Indonesia, it will just mean the current model will stay for a while until Toyota decide that it is no longer profitable to sell the Vios.
At the end of the day, speculation is just what it is. Should Toyota decide to scrap the Vios, there will be other models ready to replace it. This model may not available at the moment in Indonesia but in all likelihood, already is elsewhere.
It is also possible that Toyota discontinued the Yaris sedan version elsewhere but continues selling Toyota Vios exclusively for the Asian market which mean that there will be a 2013 face lifted Toyota Vios available just around the corner.
The Toyota Vios is priced at
Toyota Vios 1.5 TRD A/T Rp. 269,050,000
Toyota Vios 1.5 G A/T Mi Rp. 247,550,000
Toyota Vios 1.5 G M/T Mi Rp. 234,750,000
Toyota Vios 1.5 E M/T Mi Rp. 221,950,000