Toyota will not offer the Avensis Hybrid, places doubt on the prospect of the mid-sized car

Article by Christian A., on June 23, 2014

The European unit of Toyota Motor Corp. is not planning to offer a hybrid version of the Toyota Avensis, placing doubt on the prospect of the mid-sized car. While the unit has plans to offer hybrid versions of every model sold in the Europe by 2020, the Avensis was left out, Toyota’s regional boss Didier Leroy told Automotive News Europe.

He clarified that Toyota still plans to offer a hybrid model in the mid-sized segment in the in the next five to seven years. He quipped that the carmaker will have to decide whether it has to develop a Europe-specific sedan and wagon like the Avensis or instead offer a more global product.

A possible decision to drop the Avensis comes as sales in the mid-sized segment in western Europe is seen to succumb to its lowest this decade. Sales in the segment could drop to below a half-million units this year from more than 800,000 in 2011, according to IHS Automotive, with customers flocking to luxury offerings or volume crossovers.

“It’s the law of diminishing returns for the mid-market brands in terms of this segment,” IHS principle analyst Tim Urquhart remarked. He noted that the two-year delayed launch of the Ford Mondeo in Europe shows how difficult the market is.

IHS expects sales of the Avensis to drop to 29,339 in 2014 from 55,706 in 2010. Urquhart expects Toyota to stop selling the Avensis in 2018.

Toyota just built 36,482 Avensis sedans and wagon at its Burnaston site in England in 2013, compared to almost 143,000 units of the Auris, including 62,148 hybrids. Another mid-sized car, the Toyota Camry, is already offered with gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain.

If you liked the article, share on:

Comments

Recommended

Just a month ago, Wolfgang Durheimer, the former president of Bugatti, was removed from the company so he could replace Stephan Winkelmann, former Lamborghini CEO and Audi Sport boss as...
by - September 23, 2017
BMW will be launching a new Competition Package especially for the M5’s 2018 model year. While in Frankfurt, Andy Cook, BMW’s product exec has talked with Motor 1 regarding some...
by - September 22, 2017
BMW’s pure M and M-performance are currently being offered with six- and eight-cylinder turbocharged engines. But while German premium rival Mercedes-Benz offers – through its AMG division – a line...
by - September 22, 2017
In a recent report by Automotive News, we learned that FCA is no longer pursuing its original plans in using Alfa Romeo’s Giorgio architecture on both the Dodge Charger and...
by - September 22, 2017
Volvo Cars is proving that it is serious in its intention to grab a good piece of the global market for premium sports utility vehicles. While its XC60 and the...
by - September 22, 2017
Facebook

Youtube Channel

Tip Us
Do you have a tip for us?
Did you film an important event?
Contact us
Newsletter
Subscribe to our newsletter!
Subscribe
Galleries