Toyota Auris Says No To Diesels, Debuts New 178HP Hybrid Powertrain

Cesar Mills
March 7, 2018

Market forces are determining the direction, and Toyota have confirmed they will phase out the production of diesel engines for passenger cars, beginning this year.

Following up on yesterday's leak, the 2019 Toyota Corolla has now made its official debut at the Geneva motor show in Switzerland.

"The more hybrids we sell, the better our chances", Toyota Europe chairman Didier Leroy said.

In the UK, Toyota sold 101,692 units previous year, of which hybrids made up 45,803 units - equating to 45%, similar to Europe.

Without giving away technical details, Toyota says the new Corolla will offer improvements in power, torque and efficiency over the current-generation vehicle.

The demand for HEV versions on its core models has influenced this move by Toyota.

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In 2017, HEVs represented 41% of TME total sales, rising +38% year-on-year to 406,000 units. In contrast, diesel made up less than 10% of registrations during the same year.

Toyota Australia's vice-president sales and marketing, Sean Hanley, believes the new model will change the ownership experience of new Corolla buyers thanks to its improved levels of safety, dynamics and premium offering.

Starting with the new generation Auris, this expanded HEV line-up is a natural reaction to their passenger vehicle 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 vehicle show of the year opens this week.

Toyota doesn't now sell any diesel passenger cars in Australia, where hybrids account for less than 30 per cent of sales, and diesel continues to be available in the RAV4, HiLux and - exclusively - the Fortuner, Prado, LandCruiser and HiAce. "In commercial vehicles, where personal and business needs (for example, torque and payload) remain, we will continue to offer the latest technology diesels".

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