According to the most recent rumor off the mill, Toyota is apparently going to solidify its green strategy by seemingly axing the diesel engine technology in Europe.
The Japanese company has already decided to axe product development for the technology – instead using BMW-sourced diesel engines for the Avensis and Auris models on the Old Continent. Now these two models might be the last diesel-powered Toyota cars in Europe, if the report is correct. According to a recent interview on the sidelines of the ongoing Tokyo Motor Show, executive vice-president Didier Leroy has hinted the brand is mulling whether to put another diesel option inside its upcoming cars, with reasons to believe it’s unlikely to offer the option on any new, upcoming vehicles.
“My personal opinion – and this is my personal opinion – is no, we’ll not launch another diesel car,” he explained. “Of course, you could look at the much longer term but for now, for example, the recently refreshed Yaris that we started a few months ago, you cannot buy it any more with a diesel. There are some diesels for fleet customers because they asked for them, but retail customers cannot buy it with a diesel. And that car is 25 percent of Toyota sales in Europe.” In addition, the new C-HR compact crossover is also unavailable with a diesel engine option. Toyota isn’t going to stop all diesel sales at once though – for example the Land Cruiser and Hilux offroaders, along with the Proace light commercial vehicle, have been designed specifically for diesel power.