Next generation Toyota Auris to be built in Britain
Japanese car makers offer support to UK market
by Abi Moses on 28th February, 2018
In a huge boost to post-Brexit Britain, Japanese carmaker, Toyota, are set to secure more than 3,000 jobs at its factories in , Derbyshire and Deeside, North Wales.
Last March, the automotive giants promised to invest £240 million to upgrade its plant and have now confirmed that the next generation of its popular Auris hatchback will be produced in their Derbyshire plant. Most of the firm's engines will be built in Deeside as Toyota continue to buck the Brexit trend and offer its support to the UK manufacturing industry.
The Society of Motor Manufacturers warned last month that carmakers were put off committing to the UK market amidst talks of EU tariffs on exports once Brexit talks have concluded. However, Toyota are the latest company to offer a welcome boost to the struggling market.
Dr Johan van Zyl, President of Toyota Europe, said, "Today's announcement that we will manufacture the new Auris at , with most engines to be supplied from Deeside, shows our confidence in the skills and capabilities of our Toyota UK members."
He did however add, "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."
Toyota have joined BMW and Nissan in supporting the UK market. Nissan confirmed it will build the next generation of their SUVs, the X-Trail and Qashqai at its Sunderland factory whilst the latest electric Mini will be assembled by BMW in its Oxford plant.