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

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.

In a statement later, Toyota confirmed: 'At an executive meeting with media on the eve of the Geneva Motor Show, Toyota shared the next step of its powertrain strategy in Europe.

Toyota's distributors in Ireland registered 4,768 diesel cars previous year. Diesel and petrol has played such a big part in the Irish motoring psyche that it is going to take some time for us to evolve towards hybrid and electric.

An auto industry turning away from diesel and European drivers increasingly favouring hybrid cars: add it up and the result is clear - advantage Toyota.

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

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While the new Supra concept might be Toyota's main headline-grabber, the company also revealed the all-new Auris at the Geneva Motor Show as well. About 41 percent of cars sold through its European branch were hybrid models, while diesel represented "less than" 10 percent.

The new 2.0-litre hybrid system ups the power output to 180hp and also features steering-wheel paddles to replicate conventional gearshifts through the continuously-variable transmission. "Once the knowledge that diesels are eco-friendly firms up in people's minds, then, for me, there's no reason not to buy one". It must be noted that Toyota will continue to offer diesel engines on its commercial vehicles like the Hilux, Proace and Land Cruiser.

Japanese automobiles concern Toyota will stop selling diesel cars in Europe.

For this reason, Toyota has chose to offer its core models with a choice of two hybrid powertrains; one providing the traditional benefits of fuel efficiency and a relaxing drive, the second building on these strengths with greater power and more dynamic driving characteristics.

This fresh rival for the VW Golf and Ford Focus is new from the ground up, because it's the first Auris to be based on Toyota New Generation Architecture (TNGA) chassis components, that also underpin the manufacturer's existing Prius and C-HR crossover models.

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