Toyota to build new Auris in UK
Toyota has confirmed that its third-generation Auris will be built at its UK plant in Burnaston, Derbyshire, which manufactures the current model, while most of the engines will be supplied by its facility in Deeside, Wales.
The announcement follows days of speculation and comes ahead of the new model’s unveiling at the Geneva Motor Show next week.
Last year saw Toyota Motor Europe (TME) announce investment of more than £240m investment in Toyota Manufacturing UK, with the Burnaston plant to get new equipment, technologies and systems to enable manufacture of vehicles on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform.
Dr Johan van Zyl, TME president and CEO, said: “As a company, we are doing what we can to secure the competitiveness of our UK operations as a leading manufacturing centre for our European business. With around 85% of our UK vehicle production exported to European markets, continued free and frictionless trade between the UK and Europe will be vital for future success.”