Vikram Kirloskar, Vice Chairperson of Toyota Kirloskar Motor, died of a heart attack on November 29. He was 64. A fourth generation member of the Kirloskar business family, Vikram Kirloskar is remembered as a pioneer of India’s automotive industry. The credit for bringing Toyota’s business to India goes largely to him.
Vikram Kirloskar: the MIT engineer
Vikram Kirloskar was born in November 1958. His father Shreekant Kirloskar was the son of SL Kirloskar - the businessman instrumental in the rapid expansion of the Kirloskar Group. Established as the manufacturer of India's first iron plough in 1888, the Kirloskar Group has been a major contributor to India’s growth and industrialisation for decades.
Vikram Kirloskar attended the Lawrence School in Ooty where, in his own words, he “did well” academically. In school, he played badminton and did aero modelling and sculpting to build model airplanes – perhaps an early indication of the career in production engineering and manufacturing he would go on to have.