File photo of a Toyota logo in a showroom at a Toyota dealership in Warsaw
File photo of a Toyota logo in a showroom at a Toyota dealership in WarsawReuters

The latest news that is doing rounds on the internet is that Toyota Kirloskar Motor is planning to introduce Antilock Braking System (ABS) as standard fitment in all its vehicles in the country.

An ET Auto report said that Toyota that made airbags as standard in all its variants in the country is now contemplating to add ABS in its vehicles which are made locally. Although it is not sure from when the company will start rolling out the models with ABS feature, the people close to the development told the publication that the ABS can be expected from 2016-17. If this rings true, Toyota will become the first car-maker in India to offer ABS as standard across all its variants.

"The new safety regulations are likely to be enforced by 2017 and further norms towards pedestrian safety are also likely to be implemented by the end of the decade. Our current initiative will not only offer a safer car to our buyers, but also give us an edge against the competition," N Raja, director and senior vice president for sales and marketing at Toyota Kirloskar told ET Auto.

The report also stated that Toyota, which is pushing to improve the safety of vehicles in India is also planning to test its locally made models with humanoid. In India, even though the safety in vehicles have been a serious concerns over the past couple of months, many auto makers continue to offer the models without any safety features to keep the car price at low.