Published: Tue, March 06, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Toyota to phase out diesel passenger cars

Toyota to phase out diesel passenger cars

The Japanese auto giant revealed the change in strategy at a briefing on the eve of the Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland.

JAPANESE CAR MAKER Toyota has said that it will phase out production of all diesel engine cars by the end of this year.

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

Toyota will continue to offer diesel engines for its Land Cruiser 4x4 as well as for commercial vehicles such as the Hilux and Proace.

This fresh rival for the VW Golf and Ford Focus is new from the ground up, because it's the first Auris to be based on Toyota New Generation Architecture (TNGA) chassis components, that also underpin the manufacturer's existing Prius and C-HR crossover models.

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

Riding on wheelbase 40mm longer than the outgoing model, the new model promises improved high speed stability and passenger leg room, though a roofline positioned 25mm lower than before may not be welcomed by taller folks.

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Last week it was reported that Fiat Chrysler - which also owns Jeep, Maserati and Alfa Romeo - would be ditching the under-fire fuel type from 2022.

An emissions cheating scandal, which blew up at Volkswagen in 2015, has contributed to discrediting diesel technology, which is criticized for belching out nitrogen oxide and harmful particulates.

From the outside, the new Corolla carries forward the current Toyota design philosophies of "Under Priority" and "Keen Look" or, as we would refer to them, "far more exciting than before".

In a statement later, Toyota confirmed: 'At an executive meeting with media on the eve of the Geneva Motor Show, Toyota shared the next step of its powertrain strategy in Europe.

France has formally said that it will end sales of petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040 and Volvo Cars plans to start phasing out production of conventional petrol-only cars from 2019, with all new models to be electric or hybrid from that date. The third generation of Auris will have three engines options in all.

The twelfth-generation Toyota Corolla will arrive in Australia around August, and presents a larger, better-featured offering than its predecessor in the highly competitive small vehicle market. This contrasts with the brisk hybrid vehicle sales, which have nearly doubled to 41% over two years.

Toyota bosses also called on the European Union - as well as the United Kingdom government- to come to a sensible agreement over Brexit that would guarantee frictionless tariff free trade.

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