Published: Thu, March 08, 2018
Research | By Jennifer Evans

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

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

Fewer than 7 per cent of Toyota's United Kingdom sales were diesel a year ago, dropping to just 4.5 per cent in January, with the rest being petrol and hybrid.

With their latest new model, the C-HR, HEVs accounted for 78% of sales previous year.

In Ireland, diesel passenger auto sales have seen a 17% decline year-on-year between January 2017 and January 2018, and Toyota Ireland's diesel vehicle sales are now at only 20% of its overall mix, compared to 60% just two years ago.

A particular success has been the compact SUV - the Toyota C-HR - introduced at the end of 2016.

A Toyota chief pointed out the company has been pioneering Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) technology for more than 20 years.

A motor industry turning away from diesel and European drivers increasingly favouring hybrid cars: add it up and the result is clear - advantage Toyota. Last week, for example, it was reported that automotive giant Fiat Chrysler Automobiles plans to eliminate diesel engines from all its passenger vehicles by 2022.

The 2018 Geneva Motor Show marks the world debut of Toyota's third-generation Auris compact vehicle.

The landmark decision marks the latest nail in the coffin for what has been dubbed "dirty diesel" in the wake of the Volkswagen "dieselgate scandal" and the so-called "demonisation of diesel" by politicians and environmentalists who actively encouraged motorists to switch to diesel- because its lower Carbon dioxide emissions helps reduce global warming and "save the planet" - before doing a u-turn over harmful particulates in older models to which they'd previously turned a blind eye.

The brand has confirmed that it's phasing out diesel passenger vehicles in Europe over the course of 2018, starting with cars like the Auris, according engadget's report.

From the outside, the new Corolla carries forward the current Toyota design philosophies of "Under Priority" and "Keen Look" or, as we would refer to them, "far more exciting than before".

Toyota - the number one seller so far this year in Ireland - is the first mainstream auto brand to take immediate action away from diesel.

An optional hybrid powertrain shared with the Prius will give people the choice of an understated petrol-electric model without carrying baggage attached to the brand's eco-champion.

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

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