Thursday 19 October 2017

Irish people are buying lots more hybrids, but small diesel on the go too

Toyota Auris Hybrid
Toyota Auris Hybrid
Eddie Cunningham

Eddie Cunningham

We're buying far more hybrid cars this year as the genre becomes increasingly accepted while diesel comes under pressure.

New figures from Toyota - the biggest seller of hybrids here - show a leap in buying such cars.

But don't write diesel off yet. Nissan, for one, are readying for the April arrival of their new Micra supermini with a 1.5-litre diesel complementing its petrol line-up.

The diesel version in the radically-changed car will cost from €19,650.

However, hybrid buying is where a lot of the new action is this year.

Toyota tell us that more than 1,300 hybrids have been sold so far in 2017.

They claim that diesel's market share has fallen from 71pc to 66pc.

And, not surprisingly, petrol hybrids are outselling electric vehicles by 12 to 1.

Overall hybrid sales are up 128pc in 2017 compared with the corresponding period for last year.

It is interesting to see that 70pc of people who opted for a new C-HR crossover from Toyota have ordered a hybrid. And two-in-five (40pc) Auris, and 35pc of Yaris, buyers also took the hybrid route.

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