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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

In particular -after 20 years of hybrid leadership and more than 11 million global sales, including over 1.5 million units in Europe- the company is interested to learn from them as to how it can keep improving its hybrids and make them more attractive to new types of customers.

Toyota is joining the growing list of auto manufacturers who are dropping diesel-powered cars from their lineups, at least in Europe.

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

The Japanese vehicle giant revealed the change in strategy at a briefing on the eve of the Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland.

Experts have noted that while major European manufacturers spent years betting the house on diesel as their environmentally friendly alternative, Toyota was making itself the industry leader in hybrids, which are powered by a combination of gasoline and electric generators.

Toyota's C-HR model was launched in late 2016 without a diesel, but with a popular hybrid accounting for 78 per of sales.

The auto firm said that 2017 hybrids represented 41 percent of Toyota Motor Europe total sales.

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

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.

But the Auris will also introduce a new 2.0-litre hybrid configuration, with 177bhp, and Toyota says this powertrain will have a greater focus on performance to better exploit the TNGA platform's benefits.

Toyota is joining the list of manufacturers dropping diesel from their passenger auto lineups.

Since then, their HEV sales substantially exceed diesel sales.

Toyota will still offer diesel engines in commercial vehicles (Hilux, Proace and Land Cruiser) to meet customer needs.

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


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