Diesel do nicely? Not in our cars, says Toyota

Gwen Vasquez
March 8, 2018

Toyota Ireland chief Steve Tormey said the announcement showed how serious they are about making cleaner cars as he prepares to lead the Irish market out of diesel.

Toyota promises "a more dynamic driving experience", though we will take those claims with a grain of salt as the manufacturer made similar statements about the current Prius, which isn't exactly a five-seat go-kart.

Underneath the new bodywork lies Toyota's TNGA platform, which also underpins models like the Prius and the C-HR. Strong customer demand for HEV versions on its core models means Toyota will phase out diesel engines from all its passenger cars in 2018. The models account for less than 10 percent of its sales in the region.

Diesels will be phased out across the board so that by the end of this year customers of passenger cars will no longer be able to specify a diesel.

The company will keep diesel commercial vehicles like the Hilux truck, Land Cruiser SUV and Proace van to "meet customer needs", but that's as far as it goes.

Toyota's distributors in Ireland registered 4,768 diesel cars a year ago.

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

"As part of our electrified vehicle strategy, we are progressively expanding our HEV offering with a second, more powerful 2.0-litre engine".

The Japanese auto manufacturer - which has two plants in the United Kingdom - will focus on petrol and hybrid for future models, but continue to offer diesel in its commercial vehicles, like the Hilux pick-up and Proace panel van.

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

"Diesel will be phased out in our passenger cars in 2018", Johan van Zyl, president of Toyota Motor Europe, said in Geneva, where Europe's first major auto show of the year opens this week.

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. "Climate change requires all of us to make changes and Toyota's initiative will significantly help lead us on our low-carbon journey".

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