The end is nigh for their diesel passenger cars

The end is nigh for their diesel passenger cars

The end is nigh for their diesel passenger cars

Effectively, from now on, all core Toyota models - the Auris for example eschews a diesel powertrain altogether - will be presented to customers with two hybrid powertrain options.

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

A vehicle with the Volkswagen VW logo badge is seen on display at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan, U.S., January 16, 2018.

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.

Source Green Car Reports
Source Green Car Reports

The manufacturer is to boost further sales of petrol-electric hybrid cars which already account for almost half (45 per cent) of sales in the United Kingdom previous year, rising to 48 per cent in January. "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".

The new-generation Auris - debuted at Geneva - will be offered only with petrol and HEV powertrains; as with the C-HR in 2016, there will be no diesel version.

Underneath the new bodywork lies Toyota's TNGA platform, which also underpins models like the Prius and the C-HR.

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.

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With the decision, the Japanese manufacturer reacted to the diesel affair of the German automaker Volkswagen in 2015.

Inside, the 2018 Aygo gets updated graphics, which Toyota says appear more three-dimensional as a result, and a new colour for the interior lighting.

Now more than 60 per cent of Burnaston production is hybrid.

'The new generation Auris - to be produced in Burnaston next year - will come with three powertrains, including two petrol-electric hybrids.

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LED lights at the front and rear contribute to modern, edgy looks that follow the similarly styled Camry and C-HR.

In 2017, HEVs represented 41% of TME total sales, rising +38% year-on-year to 406,000 units.

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