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Toyota hints at a phase-out of diesel cars

Practical Motoring logo Practical Motoring 03-10-2016 Isaac Bober
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Toyota has hinted at the phase-out of diesel engines after it debuted its new C-HR without a diesel option around the world.

TOYOTA HAS hinted that vehicle updates from now likely won’t include a diesel engine. On its car range. Clearly the decision is based on the recent Volkswagen emissions cheating scandal and the perceived bad press diesel engines have copped in the wake of the scandal.

The Japanese car maker made its decision “within the last six to 12 months” not to fit a diesel engine to the C-HR, because it believed that demand for diesel engines had fallen off, or so suggested Toyota France executive vice president, Didier Leroy who spoke with Reuters.

When asked about other models and dropping diesel engines from them, Leroy suggested the brand “would probably do the same thing”.

Locally, Toyota doesn’t offer any of its passenger cars with diesel engines, so the news is unlikely to frustrate local buyers, but in Europe diesel engines have been available in small cars, like the Corolla.

It will be interesting to watch this space and see if Toyota begins the phase out of diesel engines in its SUV range, following in the footsteps of the C-HR. Indeed, Practical Motoring attended a recent new vehicle launch where the PR boss suggested that diesel engines in passenger cars had had their day as petrol engines were becoming more diesel-like in their power and torque delivery and long-drive thriftiness.

Question: Do you think Volkswagen’s cheating scandal has ruined the diesel engine, or has petrol engine technology become so good as to consign diesel to large SUVs and 4x4s?

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