Toyota phasing out diesel cars by 2019

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07 March, 2018

This isn't so much a bold move as it is a pragmatic one: if hybrids are on the rise (sales jumped 38 percent year-on-year) while diesel is nearly a rounding error, why keep diesel around?

On the eve of this week's Geneva Motor Show, Europe's first major vehicle show of the year, Toyota said it will stop selling diesel cars in Europe, beginning the phase-out this year.

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The automaker was going to face an uphill battle if it did try to keep diesel passenger cars on the market.

Japan's biggest car-maker has responded to Europe's burgeoning diesel crisis by abandoning the fuel. It will slowly phase out the diesel models from its lineup over the course of this year. Toyota says that 90 percent of the vehicle's sales are hybrids.

A particular success has been the compact SUV - the Toyota C-HR - introduced at the end of 2016.

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Making its world debut at the 2018 Geneva motor show, the third generation Auris features a more dynamic exterior design and, with a brand new 2.0 litre full hybrid powertrain joining the engine line-up, marks the debut of Toyotas dual hybrid strategy.

Johan van Zyl, president and CEO of Toyota Motor Europe, said: "Toyota's HEV mix in passenger cars reached equality with the diesel mix in 2015". Since then, HEV sales substantially exceed our diesel sales.

In commercial vehicles, where personal and business needs (eg torque and payload) remain, Toyota will continue to offer the latest technology diesels, they have confirmed.

Based on customer feedback the brand has made a decision to offer its core models with a choice of two hybrid electric powertrains.

The new Auris is built on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) architecture, which is already used by the current Prius and C-HR models, which simplifies vehicle design in key areas while improving rigidity and lowering the centre of gravity.

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.


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