Toyota to stop selling diesel cars in Europe
“We will not develop new diesel technology for passenger cars, we’ll continue to focus on hybrid” vehicles, he added.
An emissions cheating scandal, which blew up at Volkswagen in 2015, has heaped discredit on diesel technology, criticized for belching out nitrogen oxide and harmful particulates.
This has been a major blow for car makers, who had essentially sought to bet the house on diesel as they strove for years to cut CO2 emissions with the support of public authorities.
Diesel’s fall from grace has pushed manufacturers to turn their attention to producing more in-demand petrol models or make the jump to electric, or at least hybrid, vehicles.
Meanwhile sales of Toyota’s hybrid models have risen sharply.
Toyota vice president Didier Leroy said that back in 2011, before “Dieselgate” erupted, the company had “already started to anticipate the fact that we should not allocate resources to develop a new small diesel engine.”