Sales of Avensis, which has long been predicted for the chop, to end after 21 years

The Toyota Avensis is no longer available for order.

Production, which takes place in Toyota’s Burnaston plant in Derbyshire, will cease in the coming weeks as the last orders are fulfilled. After this, the only Avensis models left will be dealer stock. The Burnaston factory has been subject to £240 million in investment last year to upgrade it for production of cars using the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform.

The Avensis makes way for the Camry hybrid, with the Camry name returning to the UK after a 14-year hiatus. Sales of the Avensis have been slow, given the decline of D-segment saloons as buyers opt for SUVs. Toyota sold 3473 examples of the Avensis in 2017, compared with 3921 RAV4s. 

News of the Avensis’s demise follows Toyota's confirmation that the Verso MPV has been taken off sale. The two models were the last to be offered with diesel engines in the UK apart from the Land Cruiser, which is considered by the company as a more specialist product. 

The RAV4 diesel was cut from the range earlier this year. Toyota confirmed last year that it would not launch any more diesels in Europe, as the industry turns to electrification and demand plummets amid the ongoing diesel debate.

Toyota predicts that Avensis and Verso customers will now opt for the new Camry hybrid, the C-HR (particularly for Verso buyers) or the upcoming Auris, which arrives later this year on the much-lauded TNGA architecture. 

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17 August 2018

"3921 RAV4s" in 2017 think it's nearer 8500

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

17 August 2018
xxxx wrote:

"3921 RAV4s" in 2017 think it's nearer 8500

I was wondering, the Avensis was only about 500 less yet was claimed it was in a falling segment? 8500 for the Rav4 makes more sense.

17 August 2018
autocar wrote:

Sales of the Avensis have been slow, given the decline of D-segment saloons as buyers opt for SUVs

And who's fault is that? Avensis was a big seller for Toyota, you see the old shaped ones everywhere. Of course those old cars not only came in saloon form, they also came in hatchback and estate versions too. So why then produce a 4dr only car? Was a mad decision from day 1, nothing whatsoever to do with SUV sales. Toyota clearly not learning from their past mistakes.

Skoda sell plenty Octavia hatches and estates - so that market remains - same with Insignia etc. The Avensis's replacement? the saloon only Camry!  It's more or less the same car with a different name. Will that be available in hatch and estate or is it saloon only again? 

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