Brussels, Belgium: In 2017, almost 15 percent of automaker Toyota’s sales in Europe were from diesel vehicles, down from 30 percent in 2012.
The automaker announced on 5 March, 2018, that it will stop selling diesel cars in Europe and is beginning the phase-out this year.
“We will not develop new diesel technology for passenger cars, we’ll continue to focus on hybrid vehicles,” said Johan van Zyl, president of Toyota Motor Europe.
Sales of the company’s hybrid models have risen sharply due to strong customer demand. About 41 percent of cars sold through its European branch were hybrid models, while diesel vehicles represented less than 10 percent.