The new Toyota Corolla Saloon

Toyota Corolla Saloon Review

The new Toyota Corolla Saloon
The new Toyota Corolla Saloon

Caroline drives the new Toyota Corolla Saloon!

It’s fair to say that the Toyota Corolla Saloon is one of Ireland’s best loved cars. But even legends like the Corolla saloon have to move with the times. Indeed, there’s something of a revolution going on at Toyota since Toyota Global President, Akio Toyoda, declared “no more boring cars!” from the brand. At that means you too, Corolla!

The revolution is partly down to Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) that is underpinning a whole new generation of models including the RAV4, Camry and Corolla.

There’s also been a little housekeeping going on at Toyota. The Toyota Auris name has now been discontinued. Instead a new family of compact models - a hatchback, estate and saloon – will all wear the Corolla badge.

The new Corolla Saloon also debuts a hybrid powertrain for the first time, which is good news for Irish buyers. Toyota’s 1.8-litre hybrid powertrain has been significantly revised and improved to make for a smoother and more efficient drive.

The Toyota Corolla Saloon is available from €25,685
The Toyota Corolla Saloon is available from €25,685

What's new for the Toyota Corolla Saloon?

In looks alone, this new Corolla Saloon is a handsome beast with a wide and low stance. At the front the styling is a small bit different to the hatchback and estate with a unique LED light signature, while around the rear it’s as sharp as a Samurai sword!

Inside the Toyota Corolla has an all new interior with improvements in design, quality and technology. There are plenty of soft touch materials and a number of technology features including the digital instrument panel and central touchscreen for the infotainment. However the absence of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto from the main touchscreen is a bit disappointing.

The new Toyota Corolla Saloon is priced from €25,685 with a 1.6-litre petrol engine, while the hybrid is available from €26,820. There are four trim levels - Aura, Luna, Luna Sport and Sol - with standard equipment including 16” alloys, LED headlamps/fog lamps, 8” Toyota Touch, rear view camera, dual zone climate control, and Toyota Safety Sense with adaptive cruise control and lane trace assist.

My test car was a Luna Sport Hybrid with a list price of €29,995. Equipment included 17” alloys, chrome window frame, rear privacy glass, rain sensor, Smart Entry & Start, navigation, textured chrome inserts to the interior, grey lower dashboard, ambient lighting, heated front seats and driver lumbar support.

The boon for the Corolla Saloon is that it sits on a longer wheelbase than the hatchback. That means that it is generously sized in the rear for carrying passengers. The car feels spacious and airy for its class. At 471 litres, the boot is only outsized by the Corolla Touring Sports and the opening is wide enough for a saloon also making the space more usable.

The interior of the new Toyota Corolla Saloon
The interior of the new Toyota Corolla Saloon

Driving the new Toyota Corolla Saloon

On the road the longer wheelbase also pays dividends for comfort. It’s no exaggeration to say that the Corolla Saloon is very comfortable and relaxing to drive. The hybrid powertrain has 122hp and offers smooth power delivery and decent acceleration. Give it too much throttle and the CVT gearbox does protest with more transmission whine, but at a relaxed pace, this car just wafts along effortlessly. It handles and steers with ease also. Over a few days of driving my fuel consumption averaged at 4.9l/100km while motor tax is €180 per year.

The new Toyota Corolla Saloon is the more classic and traditional member of the new Corolla family, but it feels much more modern and sophisticated than the car it replaces. A sharp new look for the outside and a new interior bring the Corolla Saloon into a new era, but the traditional Corolla values of comfort and space remain.

The Corolla Saloon is the one for ‘big car’ comfort and refinement, now with hybrid power and efficiency!

The Toyota Corolla Saloon scores for comfort and space
The Toyota Corolla Saloon scores for comfort and space

Caroline Kidd

Model tested: Toyota Corolla Saloon Hybrid Luna Sport
Price:
€29,995 (range from €25,685)
Engine: 1.8-litre petrol electric hybrid
Power: 
122 hp
Torque: 200 Nm
0-100km/h: 
11 seconds
Top speed: 180 km/h
Fuel economy:
4.3 l/100km
CO2 emissions: 
98 g/km
Motor tax: 
€180 per year


The new Toyota Corolla Hatchback Hybrid

2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback Hybrid Review

The new Toyota Corolla Hatchback Hybrid
The new Toyota Corolla Hatchback Hybrid

Caroline drives the new Toyota Corolla Hatchback!

Late last year, Toyota Ireland promised a ‘hybrid invasion’ in 2019. It’s not surprising they were feeling confident – this year new cars from the Toyota brand have been arriving thick and fast, including the new generation of the RAV4 Hybrid and the return of the Camry.

But 2019 has also seen the arrival of a new generation of the Toyota Corolla, one of Ireland’s best-loved cars. The Corolla family – hatchback, saloon and estate – are all available now as hybrids. It was time I took this new Toyota Corolla Hybrid for a test drive!

Ever since Toyota Global President, Akio Toyoda, declared "no more boring cars!" from the brand, there has been something of a renaissance underway at Toyota. That’s thanks to Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) that is underpinning this new generation of models.

Available from €24,380 with a 1.2-litre petrol engine or from €26,370 as a petrol electric, self-charging hybrid, the new Toyota Corolla Hatchback is pitched as the compact, sporty one within the new Corolla family. Certainly, the new Corolla Hatchback has undergone a terrific makeover. The new Corolla Hatchback is longer and lower than the Auris Hatchback it replaces, with a snug, sporty stance on the road. Exclusive to the segment, there are also four optional bi-tone colour schemes available from launch. They combine the body colour with a metallic black finish to the roof, roof front and rear pillars, and the door mirrors.

The Toyota Corolla Hatchback range goes on sale from €24,,380 in Ireland
The Toyota Corolla Hatchback range goes on sale from €24,,380 in Ireland

Equipment and interior

The new Toyota Corolla Hatchback is offered in Ireland in three grades: Aura, Luna (from €26,995), Luna Sport (from €29,620) and Sol (from €30,115). Standard equipment includes 16″ alloys, Toyota Safety Sense including adaptive cruise control and lane trace assist, LED headlights/fog lights and 8″ Toyota Touch. My Corolla 1.8 Hybrid Luna Sport model had a list price of €29,620 and features included rear view camera, Toyota Touch® 2 multimedia system, bi beam LED headlamps, LED front fog lamps, 17” black machined alloys, black contrasting roof, black roof spoiler, rear privacy glass, red dashboard trim and blue ambient lighting.

The design and quality of the interior of the new Toyota Corolla has improved almost as dramatically as the exterior styling of the car. There are plenty of soft touch materials and a number of technology features including the digital instrument panel and central touchscreen for the infotainment. However, technology buffs may be disappointed with the lack of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The Corolla Hatchback will seat five with reasonable accommodation for the compact class. The Hatchback sits on a slightly shorter wheelbase to the Saloon and Touring Sports, so if rear space is a priority, buyers will appreciate the more spacious feeling in the back of those models. The boot is about average for the segment at 361 litres.

The interior of the 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback
The interior of the 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback

On the road in the 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback

Toyota has made much of the newly adopted Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) GA-C platform and rightly so. Key concerns for engineers were to make this Corolla safer and more engaging to drive than anything that has come before. The GA-C platform guarantees a more rewarding driving experience thanks to a centre of gravity that is lowered by 10 mm, a multi-link rear suspension fitted as standard across the model range, and a 60% more rigid body shell through the use of high strength steel as reinforcement in key areas. According to Toyota, these contribute to better handling and stability without compromising ride and comfort, as well as reducing high frequency vibration for an increased feeling of quality.

This new generation of the Corolla uses a revised 1.8-litre hybrid powertrain putting out 122hp. However, the hatchback is also available with a more high performance 2.0-litre hybrid powertrain with 178hp. It retails from €32,915.

I was immediately impressed by the smoothness and refinement of the new Toyota Corolla 1.8-litre Hybrid on the road. The hybrid powertrain means that the car uses a CVT automatic gearbox, but Toyota has considerably improved the refinement of the transmission and also invested in better cabin insulation.

Rear legroom in the new Corolla Hatchback
Rear legroom in the new Corolla Hatchback

How efficient is it?

The Hatchback feels agile and dynamic on the road with fluid and direct steering responses and good body control through corners. Over a week of driving the hybrid delivered fuel consumption of 4.5/100km, while low emissions mean that motor tax is €180 per year. Around town the hybrid frequently dips into EV mode, which makes this hybrid a very efficient solution for drivers who do short commutes and plenty of town and city driving. On the motorway at high speeds, the Corolla will become less efficient but again it has been markedly improved in these circumstances, as seen in my overall average fuel consumption that was rated with about 300 km of motorway driving.

The Toyota Corolla has been one of the most anticipated new cars of 2019. It’s now a stylish and desirable hatchback on par with rivals in terms of interior finish, technology and its ability to engage the driver. Rear legroom is a little tighter compared to the Saloon and Touring Sports, but the Corolla is dubbed as the sporty one and the shorter wheelbase does make it feel more dynamic on the road. Toyota has also improved the hybrid powertrain and from my time driving the car, there are certainly savings to be made in terms of efficiency, particularly for urban drivers. There is a lot riding on this new generation of one of Ireland’s best loved cars, but the new Corolla Hatchback has been transformed.

The Toyota Corolla Hatchback Hybrid is a stylish and efficient compact car
The Toyota Corolla Hatchback Hybrid is a stylish and efficient compact car

Caroline Kidd

Model tested: Toyota Corolla Hatchback Luna Sport
Price:
€29,610 (from €24,380)
Engine: 1.8-litre petrol electric hybrid
Power: 
122 hp
Torque: 142 Nm
0-100km/h: 
10.9 seconds
Top speed: 180 km/h
Claimed fuel economy:
3.3 l/100km
CO2 emissions: 
83g/km
Motor tax: 
€180 per year


The new Toyota Camry is in Toyota dealers now, priced from €39,750

New Toyota Camry Arrives In Ireland!

The new Toyota Camry is in Toyota dealers now, priced from €39,750
The new Toyota Camry is in Toyota dealers now, priced from €39,750

The new Toyota Camry has arrived in Ireland and is available now at Toyota dealerships nationwide from €39,750 or €304 a month*.

The 2019 model is the first Toyota Camry available with a self-charging 2.5-litre hybrid powertrain.

In Ireland the new Toyota Camry will be available in three grades - hybrid, hybrid Sol and hybrid Platinum.

The new Camry delivers fuel economy of up to 5.3l per 100km or 53.3mpg, under the latest Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) emission test.

Toyota’s Safety Sense comes as standard in the new Camry Hybrid, including Automatic High Beam, Full-range Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Departure Alert with Steering Control.

LED lights, smart entry, rear privacy glass, power retractable heated door mirrors, rear view camera, dual climate control and 3 years servicing are all included as standard.

The bestselling Hybrid Sol grade comes with leather upholstery, heated front seats and satellite navigation.


The 2019 Toyota Prius will arrive in Ireland in March

2019 Toyota Prius Arriving In March

The 2019 Toyota Prius will arrive in Ireland in March
The 2019 Toyota Prius will arrive in Ireland in March

The 2019 Toyota Prius will be arriving in Ireland in March. Toyota Ireland will be selling it in two trim levels: Prius (from €32,250) and Prius Luxury (from €34,950).

Styling of the Toyota Prius has been updated including new headlights that feature new bi-beam LEDs that give a wider field of illumination. The peak point of the front bumper has also been raised. At the rear there are new combination lamps. There are also new colours, Pearl Red and Aqua Breeze. A new 17-inch alloy wheel design is available and a new contrast dark grey finish for the 15-inch wheel covers.

In the cabin the sensory quality has been enhanced with updates to the centre console arrangement and some of the controls on the instrument panel. New cloth upholstery finishes have been introduced.

Changes to the equipment specifications for the 2019 Toyota Prius include a larger wireless charging tray to accommodate larger smartphones and a multimedia Toyota Touch 2 touchscreen that offers faster response and can be operated using “pinch and flick” gestures familiar from smartphone use.


The new Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is in Toyota dealers now

2019 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid First Drive Review

The new Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is in Toyota dealers now
The new Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is in Toyota dealers now

The Toyota RAV4 was the original ‘Sports Utility Vehicle’ (SUV). Now in its fifth generation, Toyota has reinvented the RAV4 upon the exciting new TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture). The new RAV4 is arriving in Ireland at a time when Toyota Ireland is predicting that in 2019, 80% of their new car sales will be hybrid. The brand has already said that they will no longer sell diesel cars. The new RAV4 will be sold in Ireland exclusively as a petrol electric, self-charging hybrid. Caroline travelled to the Catalonia region of Spain to put the new Toyota RAV4 Hybrid to the test on and off road!

Styling

TNGA has given Toyota designers more freedom to design a stylish vehicle. The new Toyota RAV4 now has a more individual look for the segment. It is an altogether leaner and more angular SUV than the model it replaces, with more than a hint of the utilitarian design of the larger Land Cruiser. In Ireland, 17” alloys and LED headlamps come as standard, while Sport models are available with a bi-tone paint option.

Interior

The Toyota RAV4 has a new interior with a focus on improved quality and design. The dashboard has an attractive, clean horizontal design with soft touch materials and satin chrome features to add interest. Dials and switches are easy to operate, with a 7" or 8” touchscreen in the centre of the dash. The RAV4 is missing some of the outright glam and plushness of the interior of the smaller Toyota C-HR compact crossover. But in fairness, the plainer cabin of the RAV4 makes more sense with the tougher, utilitarian look of the outside of the vehicle.

The interior of the new Toyota RAV4 Hybrid
The interior of the new Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

Practicality

The wheelbase has been increased by 30 mm to create more interior space in the new RAV4. This is a five seat SUV with competitive accommodation for this class of vehicle. There's about 40 mm extra width for rear seat passengers and more spacious rear footwells. The opening angle of the rear doors has also been improved to make it easier to access child seats and get in and out. Boot space is up 41 litres to 542 litres with a wide opening making it a practical space to work with. There is a height-adjustable, two-level deck board that can be reversed when dirty items need to be carried.

Engines

In Ireland the new RAV4 goes on sale exclusively as a self-charging hybrid. In some markets the new Toyota RAV4 is also offered with a 2.0-litre petrol. The 2019 RAV4 has a new, improved 2.5-litre petrol electric hybrid powertrain. There’s more power and greater efficiency. Front wheel drive models now have 218hp, while all wheel drive models have 222hp. The manufacturer quotes fuel consumption of 4.5l/100km on the NEDC 2 cycle and 5.6l/100km under new WLTP. Power is put to the road through a CVT automatic gearbox.

The new Toyota RAV4 Hybrid goes on sale in Ireland priced from €35,900
The new Toyota RAV4 Hybrid goes on sale in Ireland priced from €35,900

On the road

The new RAV4 has a more rigid body and lower centre of gravity with every component now lighter and located lower down in the vehicle for improved comfort and driving dynamics. The response from the electric power steering has also been improved by moving the assist motor from the column to the rack. There's a better driving position and on the road, the new Toyota RAV4 Hybrid immediately feels more fluid and engaging. The car handles confidently through corners with more natural and progressive steering. Refinement in town is excellent, with the hybrid operating in near silence. During our test drive, the new RAV4 was comfortable and stable over a variety of road surfaces, though on the motorway we did notice some wind noise from around the mirrors.

Toyota engineers have worked to reduce noise from the CVT gearbox in this new generation of RAV4. However to this reviewer the noise from the CVT gearbox is still a bit of a bugbear, especially when you try to gather speed quickly. Fuel consumption averaged out at about 7.0l/100km during my test drive across town, motorway and country.

We also had the opportunity to test the new Toyota RAV4 AWD model quite extensively off-road. It coped well with steep inclines and declines (without a hill descent control) and slippy, muddy conditions.

The new RAV4 has more interior space than the outgoing model and a larger boot
The new RAV4 has more interior space than the outgoing model and a larger boot

Equipment

Toyota Ireland is selling the new RAV4 in five grades: Aura, Luna, Sol, Sport and Platinum. Standard features on Aura models (from €35,900) will include 17” alloys, LED lights front and rear, dual exhaust tailpipes, black roof rails, electric parking brake, automatic lights, 7” multimedia system, dual zone climate control with rear vents, folding mirrors, driving mode selector and rear view camera. Toyota Safety Sense 2 is also standard, adding safety equipment such as automatic high beam, driver attention alert, eCall emergency call system, adaptive cruise control, pre-collision system with pedestrian and cyclist detection, road sign assist and lane trace assist.

The Luna model (from €37,590) will add dark grey painted upper front grille, silver front underrun, chrome interior trim, auto wipers, power tailgate, Smart Entry & Start, 8” multimedia system, front fog lamps, and front and rear parking sensors.

The Sol (from €39,590) adds 18” alloys, rear privacy glass, heated front seats, leather upholstery and satellite navigation.

Sport (from €40,990) adds 18” machine-finished alloy wheels, bitone roof, projector LED headlamps, painted lower bumpers and mouldings, painted front fog lamp surrounds, unique sport leather upholstery, black headlining, driver’s electric seat adjustment and lumbar support, and paddle gear shift.

Platinum (pricing tbc) features include 18” alloy wheels, blind spot monitor, rear cross traffic alert, chrome outer door handles, leather seats, grey headlining, memory driver seat adjustment, luggage net and heated steering wheel.

The 2019 Toyota RAV4 is built on a new platform and uses a 2.5-litre self charging hybrid powertrain
The 2019 Toyota RAV4 is built on a new platform and uses a 2.5-litre self-charging hybrid powertrain

Pricing

The new RAV4 goes on sale in Ireland priced from €35,900. Luna is available from €37,590. Sol is available from €39,590. Sport is available from €40,990. Pricing for the Platinum model is to be confirmed. Prices quoted here are for FWD models. We have no confirmation on pricing yet for AWD models. It will be announced closer to when first AWD models arrive in April.

Rivals

The Toyota RAV4 has many rivals including the Honda CR-V Hybrid, Ford Kuga, Mazda CX-5, Renault Koleos, Peugeot 5008 and Skoda Kodiaq.

Verdict

The new Toyota RAV4 Hybrid arrives in Ireland at a time when car buyers are beginning to look beyond diesel, while Toyota Ireland continues to back hybrid across their range of passenger cars and SUVs. For this new generation, the Toyota RAV4 has been completely reimagined. This new RAV4 makes a much stronger statement, backed up by improved interior quality, the latest technology and safety features, an improved hybrid powertrain and a more enjoyable drive. The new RAV4 Hybrid does not come to market cheap, but is a much improved vehicle and an interesting step away from the classic diesel SUV.

The Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is in Irish Toyota dealerships now.

Caroline Kidd


The new Toyota Corolla Hatchback and Touring Sports

Toyota Hybrid 2019 Range Preview In Dublin

The new Toyota Corolla Hatchback and Touring Sports
The new Toyota Corolla Hatchback and Touring Sports

Toyota Ireland held a preview in Dublin this week of their new 2019 range of self-charging hybrids with the new Camry Hybrid, RAV4 Hybrid and Corolla Hybrid family of hatchback, saloon and touring sports (estate) all on display. It was an opportunity to examine these highly anticipated models before their official Irish arrival over the course of the first four months of 2019.

Toyota is consistently one of Ireland's bestselling brands and in recent years they have put hybrid front and centre of their brand. And there is big ambition for this new product onslaught arriving in 2019 (or 'hybrid invasion' as the brand likes to put it). At the preview, we learned that in 2015 just 6% of Toyota's sales in Ireland were hybrid; in 2018 that figure was 54%; and in 2019 they expect this figure to look more like 80%.

It might sound ambitious but judging by the room of new cars I examined yesterday, there's plenty to like about this new generation of Toyota hybrids. I will go into more detail below on each of the models. But briefly they all sit on a new TNGA architecture, which is lighter and more rigid with a lower centre of gravity for improved comfort and driving dynamics. Material quality has improved on all models making them even more competitive among their European peers. And new hybrid powertrains promise lower emissions and improved fuel consumption in a world that's starting to look beyond diesel and petrol for default power. And on that note, Toyota is ending diesel production. So into this brave new world steps new Camry, Corolla and RAV4...

The new Toyota Corolla Hatchback in Dublin this week
The new Toyota Corolla Hatchback in Dublin this week

Toyota Camry

Back in Ireland after a 14 year hiatus, the new Camry will arrive in April. It will be Toyota's new challenger in the D/E saloon segment. The new Camry uses a 2.5-litre hybrid powertrain with 218hp. In Ireland it will be sold in two trim lines: Sol (from €40,750) and Platinum (from €42,950). Equipment on Sol includes full leather upholstery, 17" alloy wheels, 7" Toyota Touch, power seat adjustment, sat nav, smart entry, parking sensors, rear view camera, LED rear lights and power retractable door mirrors. The Platinum grade will add 18" alloy wheels, LED front fog lights, blind spot monitor, rear cross traffic alert and electrochromatic mirror.

The new Toyota Camry arriving in Ireland in April
The new Toyota Camry arriving in Ireland in April

Toyota Corolla

The Auris is no more and derivatives will be renamed Corolla. The new Toyota Corolla will come to Ireland as a Hatchback (January), Touring Sports and Saloon (February). It will be available as a 1.8-litre (122hp) or 2.0-litre (180hp) hybrid with fuel consumption claimed from 3.4l/100km and emissions from just 77g CO2. There will also be a 1.2-litre petrol offering with 116hp.

The Corolla Hatchback Hybrid will be available in three grades: Luna (from €26,995), Luna Sport (from €28,995) and Sol (from €30,115). Standard equipment will include 16" alloys, Toyota Safety Sense including adaptive cruise control and lane trace assist, LED headlights/fog lights and 8" Toyota Touch.

The new Corolla Touring Sports Hybrid will be available in two grades: Luna (from €26,995) and Sol (from €30,115). Standard equipment includes 16" alloy wheels, Toyota Safety Sense with adaptive cruise control and lane trace assist, LED headlights/fog lights, 8" Toyota Touch, and rear camera.

The Corolla Saloon is available for the first time as a self-charging hybrid and will feature a 1.8-litre hybrid powertrain with automatic transmission as standard. A 1.6-litre petrol engine is also available. The new Corolla Saloon will be available in three grades: Luna (from €27,700), Luna Sport (from €29,995) and Sol (from €31,705). Standard equipment includes climate control, 16" alloy wheels, Toyota Safety Sense with adaptive cruise control and lane trace assist, LED front fog lights, 8" Toyota Touch, and rear camera.

The new Toyota Corolla Saloon
The new Toyota Corolla Saloon in Dublin

Toyota RAV4

From January, the new Toyota RAV4 will be sold in Ireland exclusively as a 2.5-litre petrol electric hybrid with more power (218hp) and improved efficiency (4.5l/100km NEDC correlated value and 102g/CO2). Compared to the outgoing model, the new RAV4 has a longer wheelbase and more spacious interior. Luggage capacity is up 41 litres to 542 litres and there is a power tailgate as standard on the range. In Ireland, the new Toyota RAV4 will be available in three grades: Luna (from €37,590), Sol (from €39,590) and Sport (from €40,990). Standard equipment on Luna includes 17" alloy wheels, Toyota Safety Sense including adaptive cruise control and lane trace assist, LED lights front and rear, 8" Toyota Touch, parking sensors and rear parking camera. The Sol grade adds 18" alloy wheels, sat nav, leather-tex upholstery, heated front seats and rear privacy glass. The Sport grade adds 18" black alloys, bi tone paint scheme, projector LED headlamps, leather-tex sport upholstery and driver power seat.

The new Toyota RAV4 Hybrid
The new Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

I look forward to bringing you full road test reviews of these new models in 2019!


Toyota Ireland has released pricing for a new generation of hybrids, including the new Corolla

Toyota Announces Pricing For 2019 Hybrid Range

Toyota Ireland has released pricing for a new generation of hybrids, including the new Corolla
Toyota Ireland has released pricing for a new generation of hybrids, including the new Corolla

Toyota Ireland promised us a hybrid 'invasion' earlier in the year. Now the brand has revealed pricing for the new Corolla Hybrid, RAV4 Hybrid and much anticipated Camry Hybrid, all arriving in Ireland from January 2019.

The new Toyota Corolla will be available with a brand new 2.0-litre hybrid powertrain, along with the 1.8-litre hybrid and 1.2-litre petrol engine variants.

The hybrid is available from €26,370, and the 1.2-litre petrol is priced from €25,995.

The new Toyota Corolla Touring Sports, which is the estate version of the new Corolla, is also available as a 1.8-litre hybrid (122hp), 2.0-litre hybrid (180hp), or 1.2-litre petrol (116hp).

It goes on sale from €28,420.

After a 14 year absence, the new 8th generation Toyota Camry returns to Ireland in early April 2019 with a newly developed 2.5-litre hybrid engine with a power output of 218hp.

There will be three trim levels for the Camry Hybrid, with prices starting at €39,750.

The new RAV4 Hybrid has a 2.5-litre hybrid powertrain and will go on sale from €35,900.


Mark Howard (Q-Park) and Michael Gaynor (Toyota Ireland) pictured with the Toyota C-HR Hybrid

Toyota & Q-Park Launch Hybrid-Only Parking Spaces

Mark Howard (Q-Park) and Michael Gaynor (Toyota Ireland) pictured with the Toyota C-HR Hybrid
Mark Howard (Q-Park) and Michael Gaynor (Toyota Ireland) pictured with the Toyota C-HR Hybrid

Toyota Ireland has announced a new partnership with Q-Park that allows all drivers of self-charging hybrids to take advantage of priority parking in four Q-Parks around Ireland.

In what is a first for Ireland, there will be two parking bays in four Q-Park locations exclusively for the use of self-charging hybrid cars. The spaces are conveniently placed in proximity to exits, alongside other priority spaces for mothers and babies.

Supporting the Built For A Better World brand promise, according to Toyota Ireland, "these parking bays are just one more way to make life easier for families".

The spaces are for all self-charging hybrids, not just Toyotas!

Toyota’s hybrid only parking bays are currently located in the following Q-Park locations:

  • St. Stephen’s Green – Dublin
  • Clery’s – Dublin
  • Grand Parade – Cork
  • Harvey's Quay – Limerick

In addition to these reserved parking spaces, hybrid driving Q-Park customers can already save 25% on the standard annual Q-Park Premium Card by availing of the Unlimited Hybrid Premium Card.

Commenting on the partnership, Michael Gaynor, Marketing Director at Toyota Ireland said, “We’re delighted to partner with Q-Park to bring this added benefit to all drivers of self-charging hybrid cars. While hybrid is going from strength to strength, with 50% of Toyota’s car sales in 2018 being hybrid, we need to continue to innovate and do everything we can to encourage the swift transition to alternative cleaner vehicles such a self-charging hybrid that are in electric mode up to 50% of the time. This partnership represents another step in the journey towards cleaner air for future generations.”

Mark Howard, Country Director at Q-Park Ireland said, “As part of our corporate social responsibility programme, and our goal to support and encourage responsible, greener driving, we are always consciously looking into innovative ways to improve our parking facilities and services. When Toyota approached us with the idea of hybrid-only parking spaces it was a natural fit for us and we’re very happy to be on-board for this very unique initiative.

Read a review of the Toyota Prius Hybrid.


2019 Toyota Auris

Toyota Begins Phasing Out Diesel Cars

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.”


Toyota Auris Hybrid

Toyota Starts 2018 As Ireland's Bestselling Car Brand

Toyota has kicked off 2018 as the best-selling car brand in Ireland according to statistics released today from the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI). Toyota Ireland is attributing this sales success to significant demand for its hybrid range.

In January 2018, Toyota secured a 11.83% market share, garnered through the sale of 4,393 passenger vehicles, 48% of which were hybrid.

Hybrid accounted for 49% of sales of the Toyota Yaris and RAV4, 71% of sales of the Auris and 77% of sales of the new C-HR SUV.

Toyota Ireland’s Chief Executive Steve Tormey said,“We’re delighted with the strong start to 2018, particularly with how well our hybrid range has performed, which is ahead of our powertrain mix predictions. With close to 50% hybrid mix of our total passenger car sales, it’s very clear that hybrid is the best technology in the market today to meet customers’ needs for more environmentally friendly and better driving experiences. With diesel now accounting for only 21% of our car sales, it’s clear Toyota customers are ahead of the market in their move out of diesel and into hybrid.”

Looking at the overall sales mix Ireland in January, hybrid accounted for 6.26% of the entire car market, which represents a 73% year on year increase. Diesel sales have fallen by 17% year on year.

Caroline Kidd