Although Toyota’s hybrid technology leaves it well placed to be a beneficiary if major markets turn against Diesel in the wake of the current furore linked to engine testing regimes and VW dieselgate, the company has expressed some support for diesel technology.

Speaking at the Tokyo Motor Show, Toyota President Akio Toyoda said: ”Diesel has its merits, and it would be wrong if the ongoing scandal led to the end of diesel use". He also said that Toyota would continue to use diesel engines in vehicles where appropriate, such as in trucks.

Earlier this week it emerged that Toyota is now ahead of Volkswagen in terms of global vehicle sales. It is also expected to enjoy some sales uplift in 2016 as it benefits from the introduction of a new Prius hybrid model. 

Toyota takes back global number one spot from VW