The new Toyota Corolla is selling well in Ireland
The Toyota Corolla will be exclusively available as a hybrid from 2020

Toyota Ireland has announced that the Toyota Corolla and C-HR will be sold as hybrids only from 2020.

The 1.2-litre petrol engine will be dropped from the C-HR range and the 1.2-litre and 1.6-litre petrol will be dropped from the new Corolla range.

The new Toyota Corolla arrived in Ireland earlier in 2019 and has already proven itself as a bestseller, with 4,283 units already sold year to date.  According to Toyota, the majority of new customers have favoured the hybrid over the petrol model, effectively removing the need for the petrol model.

Steve Tormey, Toyota Ireland CEO, said, “As evidenced by the massive swing in preference towards self-charging hybrid over pure petrol-powered cars that we have seen with Corolla, I am confident that if all other motoring manufacturers offered a full range of hybrids, Ireland’s environmental outlook would immediately be a lot rosier than it currently looks. Our self-charging hybrids, which are exclusively automatic, have many advantages including excellent fuel efficiency, low NOX and drive in zero emissions mode more than 60% of the time, making them the ideal next step towards electrification for environmentally and cost-conscious drivers.

Some might say this is a brave move given the perceived market dependency on pure fossil fuel powered cars, but for us the decision to double down on self-charging hybrid over petrol makes absolute sense. The numbers don’t lie, and we now know that if you offer highly desirable looking and high-performing self-charging hybrids, they will win out over petrol every time. Next year, we predict that 92% of our passenger car sales will be self-charging hybrid across all models.”

Toyota says its intention is to lead Irish drivers into electrification without the requirement to plug-in, which may not be feasible for many motorist’s lifestyle and driving habits.

The new generation Toyota RAV4 and Camry are already exclusively available in hybrid since launching in early 2019.

To date, over 85% of Toyota Corolla sales, and 90% of C-HR sales in 2019, have been hybrid.

From 2020, the only petrol variants to remain in the Toyota line-up will be the Yaris 1.0-litre petrol and the Aygo.

Available in hatchback, saloon and touring sport variants, pricing for the Corolla Hybrid starts from €26,370.