March 02 2018
Toyota to manufacture new Auris in UK car plant
With Brexit negotiations underway, the UK is holding its breath to see how businesses will respond to the upcoming split from our European neighbours. With MPs calling for the UK car industry to be at the heart of Brexit negotiations, it’s welcome news that Toyota is planning on manufacturing its new Auris in the UK – a move which will secure 3,000 jobs at the Japanese manufacturer’s plant in Derbyshire.
Toyota Motor Europe has this week announced that the manufacture of its third generation Auris will remain firmly on British soil. The Toyota Auris is set to be built at Toyota Manufacturing UK’s car plant in Burnaston, Derbyshire; with the company’s factory in Deeside, North Wales, being the main source of its engine production.
The move, which has been welcomed by MPs, economists and industry experts, follows an investment of over £240 million into the UK arm of the company – Toyota Manufacturing UK (TMUK) – which was announced in March 2017. The plant in Derbyshire is being upgraded with new equipment, technologies and systems which will enable the production and manufacture of vehicles on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform.
Pricing and specifications for the all-new Toyota Auris is being kept under wraps, until the Auris’s world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show on 6 March – where the Toyota will reveal more detailed product information.
Toyota Motor Europe’s president and CEO, Dr Johan van Zyl, commented on the company’s move to keep manufacturing in Britain, post-Brexit:
“Producing TNGA-based vehicles locally is a key part of our plan to strengthen the global competitiveness of our plants. Today’s announcement that we will manufacture the new Auris at Burnaston, with most engines to be supplied from Deeside, shows our confidence in the skills and capabilities of our TMUK members.
“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 per cent 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.”
Managing director of TMUK, Marvin Cooke, welcomed the announcement:
“This is excellent news for TMUK, our local stakeholders and British automotive manufacturing. It signals Toyota’s trust in TMUK’s ability to build ever-better cars for our customers.
“The introduction of a new model based on the TNGA platform is a big responsibility and we are committed to building vehicles and engines of the highest quality, at the best cost. We will constantly improve our productivity and competitiveness to help secure a bright future for TMUK.”
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Posted on 2nd March 2018 at 4:59PM