November 15, 2018

Toyota Begins Phasing Out Diesel Cars

Company says consumer demand for hybrids is strong

2019 Toyota Auris
2019 Toyota Auris

Toyota will phase out diesel engines from all its passenger cars in 2018 due to strong customer demand for hybrid versions of its core models.

Similar to the Toyota C-HR, the next generation Toyota Auris will be offered with petrol and hybrid variants only.

In 2017, hybrids represented 41% of Toyota’s total sales, rising by 38% year-on-year to 406,000 units.

In contrast, Toyota’s diesel mix on passenger cars was less than 10% globally in 2017.

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

Johan van Zyl, President and CEO of Toyota Motor Europe commented: “Toyota has been pioneering Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) technology for more than 20 years. For several years, HEV versions have been the dominant powertrain where offered.

In our latest new model, the Toyota C-HR, HEVs accounted for 78% of sales last year.

As part of our electrified vehicle strategy, we are progressively expanding our HEV offering with a second, more powerful 2.0l engine. Starting with the new generation Auris, this expanded HEV line-up is a natural reaction to our passenger car customers’ demands.

Toyota’s HEV mix in passenger cars already equalled our diesel mix in 2015. Since then, HEV sales substantially exceed our diesel sales. In commercial vehicles, where personal & business needs (e.g. Torque & Payload) remain, we will continue to offer the latest technology diesels.”

Comment from Toyota Ireland

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

In contrast, hybrid electric cars now represent almost 50% of Toyota Ireland’s car sales mix.

Giving Toyota Ireland’s perspective on the announcement, Steve Tormey, CEO of Toyota Ireland said, “I am proud to be in the driver’s seat of a company that is willing to make the difficult decision to lead the Irish market out of diesel and help deliver cleaner air quality for our future and that of our children’s’ children.”

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Denis Naughten said, “I welcome Toyota’s leadership on this. As a country we have no option but to move towards a zero emissions vehicle society to help protect our environment, improve our health and to ensure the next generation doesn’t suffer from complacency or inaction now. Climate change requires all of us to make changes and Toyota’s initiative will significantly help lead us on our low-carbon journey.”