New Delhi, Nov 30: Vikram S. Kirloskar, vice chairman of Toyota Kirloskar Motor Pvt. and a major figure in India’s automotive sector, passed away on Tuesday in Bengaluru from a heart attack at the age of 64.
In the late 1990s, Kirloskar, an engineer who graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the US, was a key player in bringing India’s Toyota Motor Corp.
As a fourth-generation member of the Kirloskar Group, which was founded in 1888, Kirloskar served as vice chairman of Toyota Kirloskar Motor and chairman and managing director of Kirloskar Systems Ltd. The Kirloskar Group primarily produces compressors, pumps, and engines, along with other related goods.
He was entirely in charge of working with the Toyota company and establishing a significant vehicle manufacturing industry in the state of Karnataka, specifically in Bengaluru. He received the “Suvarna Karnataka” award from the government as a result of this recognition.
He created and developed numerous machine tools and processes early in his career. While sitting on the government’s development council for machine tools in the late 1980s, he was active in the opening of the import licencing for capital equipment.
According to Toyota India’s Twitter account, his final rites will be performed on Wednesday at the Hebbal Crematorium in Bengaluru. Earlier on Tuesday, Toyota India confirmed the development on twitter and wrote, “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. [2/2] pic.twitter.com/2XuhErUnzD
— Toyota India (@Toyota_India) November 29, 2022