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Thu, 16 Aug 2018 11:41:39 +0100
Toyota Verso axed in Europe
Turkish-built MPV succumbs to burgeoning SUV sales; hybrids sell quicker in Toyota range but Verso didn’t have one
The Toyota Verso is the latest MPV to be axed in Europe, as SUVs lure buyers away from the formerly huge segment.
Toyota sold just 821 examples of the Verso during the year so far, while the RAV4, for example, found homes on 3921 driveways in the same period, with 88% of them being hybrid models.
Hybrids sell in greater numbers than internal combustion-only cars, according to Toyota. The Verso was only offered with a 1.6-litre diesel, a 1.6-litre petrol or a 1.8-litre petrol. The Prius+ sold even fewer units across the first half of the year, at 484, but will remain the brand's only MPV offering.
Only dealer stock remains in the UK, with the last Versos predicted to be sold by the end of the year.
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