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All-new 2018 Toyota Auris is bolder, offers two hybrid powertrains

All-new 2018 Toyota Auris is bolder, offers two hybrid powertrains All-new 2018 Toyota Auris is bolder, offers two hybrid powertrains
Melinda Barton | 06 March, 2018, 20:07

Since then, HEV sales substantially exceed our diesel sales. The third-largest automotive company increased its sales in Europe past year by 14%, while the auto market as a whole grew by far more modest - 3.4%. The backlash (combined with the rise of hybrids and electric cars) has been strong enough that Germany has given cities the all-clear to ban diesel motors from their streets. The move comes at a time when the company has reported a fall in the sales of the diesel engine vehicles.

Toyota is joining the growing list of auto manufacturers who are dropping diesel-powered cars from their lineups, at least in Europe.

Toyota's C-HR model was launched in late 2016 without a diesel, but with a popular hybrid accounting for 78 per of sales.

With their latest new model, the C-HR, HEVs accounted for 78% of sales a year ago. The diesel option that's offered in Europe appears to be done for.

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

Toyota said the next generation Toyota Auris, to be built at the firm's Burnaston factory in the United Kingdom as part of a major £240million investment, would not include a diesel option, but would include two electric hybrids.

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.

Toyota Motor Europe CEO, Johan van Zyl, revealed at the Geneva Motor Show that diesel would be phased primarily based on customer demand.

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

While its passenger diesels will cease from this year, Toyota's Land Cruiser, Hilux and Proace vehicles will continue with diesel engines as will its commercial vehicles "to meet business needs", the company says.

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