'Dieselgate' sees Toyota gain in Europe

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The all-new Auris is the first Toyota model in Europe that offers a choice of two hybrid powertrains: one oriented towards fuel efficiency and a relaxing drive, and the second adding greater power and more dynamic driving characteristics.

Johan van Zyl, president and chief executive officer of Toyota Motor Europe told journalists: 'Toyota will stop selling diesel passenger cars in all European markets by the end of this year.

The Toyota Aygo's mid-life refresh brings about a selection of visual and technical updates, with the 2018 auto on show for the first time at the Geneva Motor Show.

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. In contrast, diesel made up less than 10% of registrations during the same year.

Toyota's C-HR model was launched in late 2016 without a diesel, but with a popular hybrid accounting for 78 per of sales. It will slowly phase out the diesel models from its lineup over the course of this year.

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. Meanwhile sales of Toyota's hybrid models have risen sharply.

In addition to the hybrid versions, the all-new Auris will offer a single conventional engine, a 1.2-liter turbocharged gasoline unit. More than 40 per cent of Toyota's European sales were hybrids previous year, dominated by the C-HR's 80 per cent hybrid mix.

"Diesel will be phased out in our passenger cars in 2018", Johan van Zyl, president of Toyota Motor Europe, said in Geneva, where Europe's first major vehicle show of the year opens this week.

Meanwhile, as awareness grows about diesel engines spewing out nitrogen oxide and harmful particulates, diesel sales in Europe are plummeting.

Toyota will continue to offer diesel engines for its Land Cruiser 4x4 as well as for commercial vehicles such as the Hilux and Proace.

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

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