While there is no information about the cause of death, the company has put out the following statement, “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.”
Vikram Kirloskar held many prestigious positions during his career and was a key person in TKM. While the Kirloskar group was started back in 1888, it was in 1997 that the partnership with Toyota was cemented. Since then, the company has managed to produce many successful models like Qualis, Innova, Camry and Fortuner. Apart from this, he was also serving as the Chairman of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Manufacturing Council. During his illustrious career, Vikram Kirloskar was also the President of the Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI) and the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM).
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Recently, Toyota has been focusing on producing hybrid vehicles by launching the Urban Cruiser Hyryder and the Innova Hycross. Vikram was in fact present at the launch event of the new Innova Hycross in Mumbai. Toyota also managed to increase its sales numbers by partnering up with Maruti Suzuki to produce vehicles like the Glanza and Urban Cruiser. Not only this, but the company has also an ecological forest inside their plant in Bengaluru, Karnataka. TKM has been on a drive to make their manufacturing facilities rely on green energy as much as possible and meet Toyota’s global goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2035.