The Japanese automaker has decided to kill off plans of offering a 1.5-liter three-cylinder diesel engine in its new crossover, at least in Europe. “The development of this engine is continuing for global applications but its calibration for Europe has been put on standby,” said Toyota chief competitive officer Didier Leroy at the 2016 Paris Motor Show.
According to Leroy, Europeans are favoring the hybrid version of the C-HR, with two-thirds of pre-orders opting for electrification. Customer orders may paint a different picture once the C-HR is actually available, Leroy acknowledged, but for now, pre-orders show that a diesel isn’t a must-have in Europe.
Ever since the Volkswagen Group admitted to cheating on diesel emissions testing, the market share of diesels has been declining. For Toyota, about 25 percent of its vehicle sales in Europe are equipped with diesel engines, compared to just below 50 percent for the total market. The Japanese automaker offers a 1.4-liter diesel engine in its Yaris and Auris models in Europe, as well as a BMW 1.6-liter engine on the Verso compact minivan and Avensis sedan. There is also a BMW-sourced 2.0-liter diesel engine in other Avensis models and the RAV4.