New look for the Toyota Aygo shown at 2018 Geneva Motor Show

07 March 2018, 06:52 | Isaac Mcdaniel

Toyota sounds the death knell for diesel: Japanese giant to stop selling cars powered by the fuel in Britain and Europe by end of the year

Toyota is to stop selling diesel-powered passenger cars in the UK and Europe by the end of the year and focus on petrol-electric hybrid offering such as its popular Prius model

Mr van Zyl added: 'Toyota has been pioneering hybrid electric vehicle technology for more than 20 years.

The decision, the first by a global manufacturer, means there will effectively be no new diesel Toyota cars on sale in Ireland next year.

Following up on yesterday's leak, the 2019 Toyota Corolla has now made its official debut at the Geneva motor show in Switzerland. In contrast, Toyota's diesel mix on passenger cars was less than 10% in 2017. Diesel and petrol has played such a big part in the Irish motoring psyche that it is going to take some time for us to evolve towards hybrid and electric.

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

Japanese auto giant Toyota is to focus on more environmentally sustainable vehicles, led by self-charging hybrid electric cars, thereby becoming the first mainstream auto brand to take immediate action away from diesel, which includes all current and future generation passenger cars. It will slowly phase out the diesel models from its lineup over the course of this year. Meanwhile sales of Toyota's hybrid models have risen sharply.

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The new Auris will be built at Toyota Manufacturing UK's Burnaston plant with engine production taking place at the company's Deeside factory.

But the Auris will also introduce a new 2.0-litre hybrid configuration, with 177bhp, and Toyota says this powertrain will have a greater focus on performance to better exploit the TNGA platform's benefits.

But the "dieselgate" emissions cheating scandal that blew up at Volkswagen in 2015, heavily discrediting diesel technology, has created a new opening for Toyota, which was the first auto maker to market hybrid engines two decades ago.

Toyota will continue to offer diesel engines in commercial vehicles (Hilux, Proace and Land Cruiser) to meet customer needs. "Once the knowledge that diesels are eco-friendly firms up in people's minds, then, for me, there's no reason not to buy one".

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



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