In the land of diesel, Toyota appears to be making money its own way and thereby making more of it. The Japanese automaker is taking on Europe's diesel-centric ways by substantially boosting sales of hybrids on the continent. That, along with cost cutting measures, has increased the company's European profitability, Automotive News says, citing recent remarks by Toyota's European operations chief Didier Leroy.

Toyota, which lost money in Europe between 2008 and 2011, started turning things around two years ago by cutting labor at places like UK factories while consolidating production of models such as the Auris and Yaris hybrid vehicles. During the most recently completed financial year, Toyota Europe reported earnings that were up 75 percent from the year before, despite revenue being up just five percent. The company also aims to sell at least 1 million vehicles in Europe by next year and is boosting sales in countries like Russia.

Late last year, Didier told Bloomberg News that Toyota's European market share was rising about one percentage point a year, while production at Toyota's factories in countries like France, Turkey and the UK were running at full capacity. Toyota estimated at the time that hybrids accounted for about a fifth of Toyota's European sales.

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      • 8 Months Ago
      The Prius is a joke. Honestly don't think that anyone who cared about performance would give it a second look. Wonder how many Prius cars you will see on the Autobahn Personally if I lived in Europe I would be driving a Golf GTD or even a Subaru with a Boxer diesel motor Green car , ha, let's talk battery manufacturing and disposal.
        • 2 Months Ago

        I didn't think there were any idiot dinosaurs like you left. How many times do people have to yell in your hard to hear ears that Prius was not made to race on NASCAR tracks? Where in America are you going to race daily anyway? Are you doing 90+ to and from work or picking up your kids? If you want performance, buy performance, if you want cushy and quiet, you do so you buy cushy and quiet!!!!!!

      • 8 Months Ago
      I think this is the main reason why Toyota doesn't want to build electrics. The have the best hybrids in the business and they are now making a profit on them . . . so they don't want to quickly move to a new technology where the profit margins are thinner or nonexistent.
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