29th November 2022: Toyota Kirloskar Motor Pvt Vice Chairman and one of the biggest stalwarts of India’s automotive industry, Vikram S Kirloskar, passed away due to a heart attack at 64 in Bengaluru on Tuesday. Kirloskar, who had an engineering degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the US, played a key role in bringing Japan’s Toyota Motor Corp to India in the late 1990s.

Toyota India in an official release 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.”

A fourth-generation member of the Kirloskar Group that started in 1888, Kirloskar was the chairman and managing director of Kirloskar Systems Ltd and vice chairman of Toyota Kirloskar Motor. The Kirloskar Group mostly manufactures pumps, engines, and compressors along with other related products.

A resident of Karnataka’s Bengaluru, he was solely responsible for partnering the Toyota group and starting a major automobile manufacturing industry in the state. For this, he was recognised by the government and presented with the ‘Suvarna Karnataka’ award.

He is involved in many extra-curricular activities at MIT. Vikram later served on the Board of Trustees of The Rhode Island School of Design. Vikram started working in his family business after college, initially in production engineering. He designed and developed many processes and machine tools early in his career.

He was involved in opening the import licensing for capital equipment while serving on the government’s development council for machine tools in the late 1980s.

Vikram loved his wine and enjoyed cooking and appreciated good food. He and his wife, Geetanjali played golf regularly and spent a lot of time travelling and exploring. They have a daughter and a grandson.

“Heartfelt condolences on the sad & untimely demise of one of the stalwarts of India’s automotive industry, Vice Chairperson of Toyota Kirloskar Motor, Shri Vikram Kirloskar. May his soul rest in peace. May God grant the family & friends the strength to bear this loss. Om Shanti,” Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai wrote on Twitter condoling his death.

Kirloskar is survived by his wife Geetanjali Kirloskar and daughter Manasi Kirloskar.