Toyota said its new-car lineup in Italy is now “diesel-free” after the automaker stopped selling diesel variants of its Yaris, Auris and RAV4 models.
Just 6 percent of the company’s new-car sales in Italy last year were diesels and the figure was less than 6 percent for the Yaris and Auris, while it was 18 percent for the RAV4.
A Toyota Europe spokesman said the market situation will dictate whether the automaker will offer diesel-free car lineups in other European countries. “The core of our strategy is hybrid. The more we move forward, the less the need for diesels,” the spokesman said.
Toyota sees a limited risk of losing business in the lower-priced diesel versions because the company is moving the RAV4 upscale, the spokesman said.
The Auris and RAV4 will be sold in Italy only with hybrid powertrains. The Aygo will be sold only with gasoline engines. The C-HR and Yaris are sold in gasoline and hybrid versions. Toyota sells hybrid and plug-in hybrids versions of the Prius.
Toyota will continue to offer diesel versions of its Land Cruiser SUV and Hilux pickup because of their fuel economy and lower CO2 emissions.