Toyota Is Killing Off Diesel-Powered Passenger Cars In Europe

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

Experts have noted that while major European manufacturers spent years betting the house on diesel as their environmentally friendly alternative, Toyota was making itself the industry leader in hybrids, which are powered by a combination of petrol and electric motors.

The 2018 Geneva Motor Show marks the world debut of Toyota's third-generation Auris compact auto.

Past year almost 15 percent of Toyota's sales in Europe were from diesel vehicles, down from 30 percent in 2012.

Toyota has started phasing out diesel engines from its cars in Europe.

Toyota's C-HR model was launched in late 2016 without a diesel, but with a popular hybrid accounting for 78 per of sales.

Toyota - the number one seller so far this year in Ireland - is the first mainstream vehicle brand to take immediate action away from diesel. Meanwhile sales of Toyota's hybrid models have risen sharply.

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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However, the company will continue to offer diesel models of its Land Cruiser SUV, Hilux pickup truck and Proace light commercial vehicles as some customers prefer the higher torque that's offered by diesel engines.

As part of their electrified vehicle strategy, Toyota are progressively expanding their HEV offering with a second, more powerful 2.0 lite engine.

It's a logical business decision, then, when diesel models are clearly rapidly declining while demand for hybrids is increasing.

Starting with the new generation Auris, this expanded HEV line-up is a natural reaction to their passenger auto customers' demands, Toyota insist.

"Similar to the Irish Government, Toyota too has a vision for a zero emissions society, which we believe can be a reality by 2050".

Toyota is trailing its main rivals Nissan and Renault in 100-percent electric cars but has vowed to catch up through sustained investments in the emerging technology. As a country we have no option but to move towards a zero emissions vehicle society to help protect our environment, improve our health and to ensure the next generation doesn't suffer from complacency or inaction now.

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