Vehicle giants defend diesel as Geneva motor show opens

Vehicle giants defend diesel as Geneva motor show opens

Vehicle giants defend diesel as Geneva motor show opens

According to the 2017 numbers from the company, sales of the diesel cars in Europe have fallen to mid-10%, while those of the hybrid cars have gone up to 41% in just 2 years, with a year-on-year growth of 38%. "In commercial vehicles, where personal and business needs (for example, torque and payload) remain, we will continue to offer the latest technology diesels".

The manufacturer is to boost further sales of petrol-electric hybrid cars which already account for almost half (45 per cent) of sales in the United Kingdom previous year, rising to 48 per cent in January.

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

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.

Part of that comes from lighter, stiffer architecture shared with the Prius, C-HR and new Camry, while a chunk of the new Corolla's initial draw should stem from a longer, lower and more purposeful-looking body. 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.

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

Without giving away technical details, Toyota says the new Corolla will offer improvements in power, torque and efficiency over the current-generation vehicle.

Following up on yesterday's leak, the 2019 Toyota Corolla has now made its official debut at the Geneva motor show in Switzerland.

Toyota said the death of diesel was due to "strong customer demand" for hybrid versions of its cars. Customers have a choice of a 122-hp 1.8-liter or a 180-hp 2.0-liter hybrid powertrains. Meanwhile sales of Toyota's hybrid models have risen sharply.

The new Toyota Auris has been launched at the Geneva Motor Show, with a new 2.0-litre petrol hybrid system and sportier styling.

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