New Toyota Auris debuts at 2018 Geneva Motor Show

07 March, 2018, 06:50 | Author: Essie Rivera
  • Toyota sounds the death knell for diesel: Japanese giant to stop selling cars powered by the fuel in Britain and Europe by end of the year

Toyota has revealed that from this year onwards, the company will start phasing out diesel engines from all its passenger cars in Europe.

"If there is one manufacturer that has taken advantage of "dieselgate" it is Toyota", said Ferdinand Dudenhoeffer, director of the Germany-based Centre for Automotive Research.

The automaker was going to face an uphill battle if it did try to keep diesel passenger cars on the market. "In commercial vehicles, where personal and business needs (for example, torque and payload) remain, we will continue to offer the latest technology diesels".

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.

The surround to the large, trapezoidal lower grille projects powerfully forward of the bonnet front edge and upper grille in a pronounced step, and is less pointed and more vertical than before, resulting in a reduction to the vehicles front overhang of some 20 mm.

Toyota will have no diesel passenger cars on sale in Europe by the end of this year, citing limited demand and widespread uptake of hybrid alternatives.

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In contrast to Volkswagen's upbeat prognosis for a rebound, Toyota is getting rid of diesel versions of its cars this year, offering only two hybrids and one turbocharged gasoline engine in its redesigned Auris model. Volkswagen chief Matthias Mueller is convinced that diesel will "experience a revival", but that may be optimistic - it has a bad rap in Europe, and EVs may kill it off even if there is a resurgence.

Having that focus ahead of the competition may have given Toyota an edge, but experts warn that maintaining the advantage is far from assured.

He highlighted the "48-volt light hybrid" engine that some experts say will grow in popularity by improving performance while still allowing makers to meet emissions standards.

Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) represents the foundation for all of Toyotas future powertrain and vehicle development.

Other vehicle makers are bound to be considering similar moves to Toyota's.



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