Toyota Diesel Cars Will No Longer Be Sold In Europe After 2018

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Based on customer feedback the brand has chose to offer its core models with a choice of two hybrid electric powertrains.

Under the bonnet, the third-gen Toyota Auris is offered with a 100PS 1.2 petrol engine and choice of two petrol hybrids.

The current Auris powertrain line-up consists of five conventional engines and one hybrid powertrain.

Like the C-HR, the new generation Auris will be offered only with petrol and HEV powertrains.

The entry-level Auris Hybrid offers "outstanding fuel economy and low Carbon dioxide emissions", according to Toyota, as well as up to 50-percent all-electric driving on the everyday commute. Toyota says that the latter will offer an "energised drive" and will feature steering wheel-mounted paddles for more engagement.

Volkswagen pledged past year to spend more than €34bn through 2022 to develop battery-powered and autonomous-driving technology, and it has plans to create electric versions of all 300 cars, trucks and buses sold by its dozen brands by the end of the next decade.

The most notable changes are to the front end of the auto, with the large X on the nose made more prominent and turned into an integrated three-dimensional design. Unlike its rather bland-looking predecessors, the new model adopts a more dynamic exterior design.

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"New Corolla hatch is a more premium and stylish auto that guarantees a more rewarding driving experience and places a priority on the highest active and passive safety standards".

Besides, if Toyota's understanding of an exciting design is the new Prius, then we'll pass. The new hatchback's lower stance is also thanks to the TGNA architecture. Overall length has increased 40mm over the current model, and all of this is in the wheelbase to open up more cabin space and push the axles outward for optimum driving dynamics. The cowl height has also lower by a significant 47mm, resulting in a shape that's sleeker and generally more attractive.

Toyota's desire for more dynamic styling is bolstered by a narrower grille and full-LED headlights.

The backlash (combined with the rise of hybrids and electric cars) has been strong enough that Germany has given cities the all-clear to ban diesel motors from their streets. The changes at the back are subtler, with new rear LED lights. A more dramatic rear windshield rake and fender hips also lend to the hatch's more planted look. A roof spoiler is fitted, as standard, on all model grades.

Toyota is keeping interior details under wraps for now, but the exterior styling is a hefty evolution from the current car's, with slim headlamps and tail-lights (incorporating LED tech) along with chunky, aggressive front and rear bumpers, plus a lower grille whose shape, Toyota claims, is created to emphasise the latest car's width.

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