Unprecedented demand for self-charging hybrid version of world’s best-selling car eliminates need for petrol option
• Toyota Ireland to remove 1.6 petrol saloon and 1.2 petrol hatchback from the lineup of Ireland’s No.1 bestselling car – the Toyota Corolla
• Decision also sees C-HR switch to hybrid only as 1.2 petrol dropped
Just 16 months after disrupting the motoring industry and announcing the cessation of diesel car production, Toyota Ireland has today made another significant move towards a cleaner and more sustainable motoring future by announcing the end of its Corolla and C-HR petrol models from 2020. Toyota’s self-charging hybrid Corolla is Ireland’s best-selling car for 192 and the majority of new customers have favoured it over petrol, effectively removing the need for the petrol model.
Steve Tormey, Toyota Ireland CEO, commented;
“As evidenced by the massive swing in preference towards self-charging hybrid over pure petrol-powered cars that we have seen with Corolla, I am confident that if all other motoring manufacturers offered a full range of hybrids, Ireland’s environmental outlook would immediately be a lot rosier than it currently looks. Our self-charging hybrids, which are exclusively automatic, have many advantages including excellent fuel efficiency, low NOX and drive in zero emissions mode more than 60% of the time, making them the ideal next step towards electrification for environmentally and cost-conscious drivers.
“Some might say this is a brave move given the perceived market dependency on pure fossil fuel powered cars, but for us the decision to double down on self-charging hybrid over petrol makes absolute sense. The numbers don’t lie, and we now know that if you offer highly desirable looking and high-performing self-charging hybrids they will win out over petrol every time. Next year, we predict that 92% of our passenger car sales will be self-charging hybrid across all models.”