TOYOTA ANNOUNCES THE NEW GENERATION AURIS WILL BE BUILT AT ITS UK CAR PLANT
- The third generation Auris will be built at Toyota Manufacturing UK’s Burnaston factory
- New model will use the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform
- New Auris will receive its worldwide premiere at the Geneva Motor Show on 6 March
Toyota Motor Europe (TME) announced today that the third generation Toyota Auris will be built at Toyota Manufacturing UK’s (TMUK) car plant in Burnaston, Derbyshire (UK). TMUK’s factory in Deeside, North Wales will be the main source for its engines.
The world premiere for the new Auris will be at the Geneva Motor Show on 6 March, when more product information will be revealed.
This decision follows TME’s announcement of more than £240 million investment in TMUK in March last year. The factory is being upgraded with new equipment, technologies and systems to enable manufacture of vehicles on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform.
Announcing the news on a visit to Burnaston, Dr Johan van Zyl, TME President and CEO, said: “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.”
Marvin Cooke, TMUK Managing Director, said, “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.”
Notes to editors:
Toyota Motor Europe NV/SA (TME) oversees the wholesale sales and marketing of Toyota and Lexus vehicles, parts and accessories, and Toyota’s European manufacturing and engineering operations. Toyota directly employs around 20,000 people in Europe and has invested more than €9 billion since 1990. Toyota’s operations in Europe are supported by a network of 30 National Marketing and Sales Companies across 53 countries, a total of around 3,000 sales outlets, and nine manufacturing plants. In 2017, Toyota sold 1,001,662 Toyota and Lexus vehicles in Europe. For more information, visit www.toyota-europe.com
About Toyota Manufacturing UK (TMUK)
The Burnaston factory and TMUK’s engine plant in Deeside, North Wales, were established in 1989 as Toyota’s first major production sites in Europe. Since start of production in 1992, they have built more than four million vehicles and around five million engines and engine sets in the UK. The plants have benefited from Toyota investment totalling more than £2.75 billion and together currently employ more than 3,000 people. TMUK has the distinction of being Toyota’s first centre for hybrid vehicle manufacturing in Europe. It also enjoys global status as a Toyota eco-plant, promoting excellence and best practice in environmental matters, from energy-efficient manufacturing to the on-site harnessing of sustainable energy and the promotion of biodiversity.
A gallery of Burnaston photographs can be downloaded from here.
B-roll footage of Burnaston can be downloaded from here.