HAMBURG – Toyota will offer its Avensis with a diesel particulate filter by early next year.
It is also likely Toyota will provide particulate filters on its low-end diesel models in Germany and neighboring markets because consumers there demand them.
We are studying diesel particulate filters since we have noticed the recent environmental awareness in Europe concerning particulate emissions, said Masao Suzuki, Toyotas project manager for new engine development.
Suzuki spoke here at the launch of Toyotas new Polish-built 2.2-liter diesel engine.
In the past, Toyota touted its D-CAT (Diesel Clean Advanced Technology) emissions control system – which it says needs no particulate filter – as the best solution for reducing nitrogen oxide and particulate matter.
But the D-CAT system is an expensive solution and Toyota now says it is reserving it for its premium diesel models.
By offering particulate filters on the upper-medium segment Avensis, Toyota is responding to consumer concerns about rising levels of fine particulates in cities.
Car buyers in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the Netherlands are demanding diesel cars with filters.
This follows German media reports that said cities such as Berlin and Munich would breach EU air pollution rules this year on the amount of fine particulates (smaller than 10 microns) in the air. Particulates are blamed for causing respiratory ailments.
The Avensis goes on sale next month with Toyotas new Polish diesel engine. The 2.2-liter, 177hp variant will come with the D-CAT system. The 2.2-liter, 150hp variant will be sold without the D-CAT system or a particulate filter. It will be the particulate filter early next year, a Toyota source said.
The source said Toyota will obtain the filter from European suppliers, but declined to name the suppliers.
Lexus gets D-CAT
The Corolla Verso medium minivan will be the next Toyota vehicle to get the new 2.2-liter diesel engine starting in September. It will be offered initially with the 177hp version of the engine with D-CAT as standard.
Toyotas new diesel engine plant in Jelcz-Laskowice, Poland, opened in March and has the capacity to build 180,000 engines a year.
Fabio Capano, a Toyota Europe spokesman, said: The pace at which we will offer particulate filters will depend on the market requirements and legislative developments.
The German federal government wants to give subsidies for both new cars fitted with particulate filters and old cars that get retrofitted filters.
Austria and the Netherlands already have incentives for new cars with particulate filters and other EU member countries are expected to follow suit.
Capano said D-CAT will remain our premium technology because it reduces both diesel particulates and NOx emissions to levels well below forthcoming Euro 5 standards.
Toyota previously offered the Avensis in Germany and the UK with a 2.0-liter diesel engine with the D-CAT system. The models E24,300 price in Germany was E1,900 more than the standard 2.0-liter Avensis.
Diesel models from Toyotas luxury brand Lexus will not get particulate filters. The new IS lower-premium sedan, which goes on sale in November, will get a 177hp, 2.2-liter diesel unit with D-CAT.
The diesel unit for the IS will be sourced from Japan because the engine sits in a longitudinal position and drives the rear wheels.