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Toyota Kirloskar vice-chairman Vikram Kirloskar died of heart attack at the age of 64.

Synopsis: Vikram Kirloskar, a mechanical engineering graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), was instrumental in introducing Toyota Motor Corp to India in 1997.

Vikram Kirloskar
Toyota Kirloskar vice-chairman Vikram Kirloskar died at the age of 64.

Toyota Kirloskar vice-chairman Vikram Kirloskar died of heart attack at the age of 64.

Vikram Kirloskar, a famous industrialist and vice-chairman of Toyota Kirloskar Motors, died late Tuesday after suffering a cardiac arrest. He was 64.

His death was verified by Toyota Motors India. “We are deeply grieved to inform you of Mr. Vikram S. Kirloskar’s unexpected death on November 29, 2022, as Vice Chairman of Toyota Kirloskar Motor.” We ask that everyone pray for his soul to rest in peace during this difficult time. We express our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends. “Last respects can be paid at Hebbal Crematorium in Bengaluru on November 30th, 2022, at 1pm,” the automaker said in a tweet.

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. [1/2]


— Toyota India (@Toyota_India) November 29, 2022https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.
Vikram Kirloskar with his wife Gitanjali Kirloskar and daughter Manasi Kirloskar.

Vikram, a mechanical engineering graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), was instrumental in bringing Toyota Motor Corp to India in 1997. Toyota-Kirloskar has a manufacturing plant at Bidadi, Ramanagar district, near Bengaluru, which is one of the country’s major automotive plants.

He is the fourth generation of the Kirloskar Group, which was founded in 1888. His wife Gitanjali Kirloskar and daughter Manasi Kirloskar survive him.

Vikram Kirloskar. Passionate Engineer. Kirloskar Group. The man who brought Toyota to millions of Indians, was on the cusp of a transformation.

Vikram Kirloskar wasn’t finished yet. In truth, at 64, the jovial vice-chairman of Toyota Kirloskar Motors, the producers of popular automobiles such as the Innova and Fortuner, was hard at work putting together some serious plans for the world’s second-largest carmaker. Toyota Kirloskar Motors debuted the company’s next-generation edition of its flagship vehicle, the Toyota Innova, just five days ago, a magnificent new SUV named HyCross that offers some best-in-class features.

Sadly, however, Kirloskar won’t be around to see the growth when it fructifies. On November 29, the vice chairman of Toyota Kirloskar Motors passed away after a massive heart attack in Bengaluru.

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai praised Vikram Kirloskar as one of the country’s automotive industry’s veterans. “Our heartfelt sympathies on the unexpected death of one of India’s automotive industry’s stalwarts, Shri Vikram Kirloskar, Vice Chairperson of Toyota Kirloskar Motor.” May his spirit find peace. May God give the family and friends the strength they need to face this loss. “On Shanti,” the chief minister wrote on Twitter.

In his sympathy statement, Union Minister of State for Entrepreneurship, Skill Development, Electronics and Technology Rajeev Chandrashekar recalled his recent conversation with Vikram. “I met him at a recent Global Investors meeting, and he was as cheery as ever. I joked with him that GoK should award him a Lifetime Achievement Award for being a consistent partner to the Government and Karnataka for decades.” My heartfelt condolences go out to his family, friends, and colleagues. “Shanti Om.”

Vikram Kirloskar. Passionate Engineer. Kirloskar Group

I met him at recent Global Investors meet as cheerful as ever – I had joked to him tht GoK give him a Lifetime achievement for being a continuos partner to Govt n Karnataka for decades Deepest Condolences to his family, friends n colleagues

Om Shanti

Vikram Kirloskar

—Rajeev Chandrasekhar  (@Rajeev_GoI)

Vikram Kirloskar’s death shocked Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, Executive Chairperson of Biocon Ltd. “He was a close buddy who I will greatly miss.” I share Gitanjali Manasi’s family’s anguish and heartbreak. May he rest in peace forever. “Om Shanthi,” she wrote on Twitter.

Devastated with Vikram’s shocking demise. He was such a dear friend who I will hugely miss. I share the pain and unconsolable grief of Gitanjali Manasi n the family. May he rest in eternal peace. Om Shanthi 🙏 pic.twitter.com/PwT8kywtdM

— Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw (@kiranshaw) November 29, 2022

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