Giving Toyota Ireland's perspective on the announcement, Steve Tormey, CEO of Toyota Ireland, said: "I am proud to be in the driver's seat of a company that is willing to make the hard decision to lead the Irish market out of diesel and help deliver cleaner air quality for our future and that of our children's children".
Speaking at the Geneva Motor Show, Van Zyl added: "We are carrying on a strategy we started with the launch of the C-HR". The backlash (combined with the rise of hybrids and electric cars) has been strong enough that Germany has given cities the all-clear to ban diesel motors from their streets.
The classic hybrid system comes in the form of the 1.8-liter electrified mill with 122 horsepower (91 kilowatts), Toyota claiming it to be "silent, intuitive, responsive" with "low cost of ownership, no need for plug-in recharging, offering outstanding fuel economy and low Carbon dioxide emissions". For several years, hybrid versions dominated.
Toyota's hybrid model sales in Europe jumped 45 percent previous year. Last week, for example, it was reported that automotive giant Fiat Chrysler Automobiles plans to eliminate diesel engines from all its passenger vehicles by 2022.
Environment Minister Denis Naughten said as a country we have no option but to move towards a zero-emissions vehicle society.
The brand has confirmed that it's phasing out diesel passenger vehicles in Europe over the course of 2018, starting with cars like the Auris, according engadget's report.
An optional hybrid powertrain shared with the Prius will give people the choice of an understated petrol-electric model without carrying baggage attached to the brand's eco-champion.
The auto firm said that 2017 hybrids represented 41 percent of Toyota Motor Europe total sales.
The new-generation Auris - debuted at Geneva - will be offered only with petrol and HEV powertrains; as with the C-HR in 2016, there will be no diesel version.
Toyota bosses also called on the European Union - as well as the United Kingdom government- to come to a sensible agreement over Brexit that would guarantee frictionless tariff free trade.