Overall, diesel auto sales here fell 17pc in the year to January last. In contrast, diesel made up less than 10% of registrations during the same year.
Part of that comes from lighter, stiffer architecture shared with the Prius, C-HR and new Camry, while a chunk of the new Corolla's initial draw should stem from a longer, lower and more purposeful-looking body.
Toyota will continue to offer diesel engines for its Land Cruiser 4x4 as well as for commercial vehicles such as the Hilux and Proace.
"We need diesel to get to the carbon dioxide goals", Herbert Diess, who heads VW's namesake mass-market brand, said after presenting the all-electric ID Vizzion concept auto that's capable of driving as far as 650km on a single charge.
In 2017, HEVs represented 41% of TME total sales, rising +38% year-on-year to 406,000 units.
Declassified papers reveal the Queen survived an assassination attempt in 1981
During the massive gathering, Lewis hid in a deserted cubicle on the fifth floor of the building overlooking the parade. The papers said it was, "highly likely, although it may not have been aimed directly at the Queen or the Royal Party".
The market's future has been further imperilled by plans in major cities such as Paris to ban diesel, while pro-diesel legislation across the continent is rapidly being scrapped.
In February, Porsche announced that it would axe all diesel engine options from its range of cars with immediate effect, claiming there had been a "cultural shift" among customers.
The decision, the first by a global manufacturer, means there will effectively be no new diesel Toyota cars on sale in Ireland next year.
Toyota's third-generation Auris makes its world debut at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, sporting a more dynamic design and offering the option of a brand new hybrid powertrain.
Dudenhoeffer believes Toyota "is benefitting today because of its successes of the past", not because it remains a leader in innovation.
Daimler, the maker of Mercedes-Benz luxury vehicles, has said its Carbon dioxide fleet emissions rose past year, as buyers opted for larger cars.