Toyota Is Killing Off Diesel-Powered Passenger Cars In Europe

Toyota Is Killing Off Diesel-Powered Passenger Cars In Europe

Toyota Is Killing Off Diesel-Powered Passenger Cars In Europe

Fewer than 7 per cent of Toyota's United Kingdom sales were diesel past year, dropping to just 4.5 per cent in January, with the rest being petrol and hybrid.

"In our latest new model, the Toyota C-HR, hybrids accounted for 78% of sales last year".

"We will not develop new diesel technology for passenger cars, we'll continue to focus on hybrid" vehicles, said Johan van Zyl, president of Toyota Motor Europe. Diesel's fall from grace has pushed manufacturers to turn their attention to producing more in-demand petrol models or make the jump to electric, or at least hybrid, vehicles. Last week, for example, it was reported that automotive giant Fiat Chrysler Automobiles plans to eliminate diesel engines from all its passenger vehicles by 2022.

Without giving away technical details, Toyota says the new Corolla will offer improvements in power, torque and efficiency over the current-generation auto.

The announcement was made on the eve of the Geneva Motor Show.

In February, Porsche announced that it would axe all diesel engine options from its range of cars with immediate effect, claiming there had been a "cultural shift" among customers.

"Since last summer, we have seen people in dealerships who we'd never seen before and who always drove diesel", said Toyota's spokesman in France, Sebastien Grellier.

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Now more than 60 per cent of Burnaston production is hybrid.

Toyota - the number one seller so far this year in Ireland - is the first mainstream vehicle brand to take immediate action away from diesel.

In the UK, Toyota sold 101,692 units past year, of which hybrids made up 45,803 units - equating to 45%, similar to Europe.

An optional hybrid powertrain shared with the Prius will give people the choice of an understated petrol-electric model without carrying baggage attached to the brand's eco-champion. About 41 percent of cars sold through its European branch were hybrid models, while diesel represented "less than" 10 percent.

Toyota will continue to offer diesel engines in commercial vehicles (Hilux, Proace and Land Cruiser) to meet customer needs.

In addition to the hybrid versions, the all-new Auris will offer a single conventional engine, a 1.2-liter turbocharged gasoline unit.

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