Toyota to stop selling diesel cars in Europe this year

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

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.

The entry-level Auris Hybrid offers "outstanding fuel economy and low Carbon dioxide emissions", according to Toyota, as well as up to 50-percent all-electric driving on the everyday commute.

"In our latest new model, the Toyota C-HR, hybrids accounted for 78% of sales last year".

The push into crossovers has hurt Toyota's chances of meeting the EU7 limit of 95g/km of Carbon dioxide by 2021 (it was at 105.4g/km in 2016), and missing that target will automatically bring huge fines for car-makers.

Toyota's decision to start phasing out diesel engines from its passenger vehicles will not come as a surprise to auto buyers and sellers in the United Kingdom; demand for new diesels fell by 17 per cent in 2017, with 220,000 fewer diesel cars being registered compared to 2016. About 41 percent of cars sold through its European branch were hybrid models, while diesel represented "less than" 10 percent.

Toyota will continue to offer diesel engines in commercial vehicles such as the Hilux, Proace and Land Cruiser to meet customer needs.

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

As part of their electrified vehicle strategy, Toyota are progressively expanding their HEV offering with a second, more powerful 2.0 lite engine.

Since then, their HEV sales substantially exceed diesel sales.

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

Diesel is dead for Toyota after the giant automaker announced it is killing off production of passenger cars powered by the controversial fuel.

"The announcement is reflective of our "Built for a Better World" brand goal, and is another proof point of how serious we are to deliver alternative, cleaner mobility solutions". As a country we have no option but to move towards a zero emissions vehicle society to help protect our environment, improve our health and to ensure the next generation doesn't suffer from complacency or inaction now.

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