Toyota to make new Auris hybrid hatchback in UK | Business | The Guardian

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Toyota picks UK to make new hybrid car

The Toyota factory in near Derby where the Auris hatchback will be Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA

Britain’s car industry received a boost when Toyota confirmed it start production of a hybrid car at its in Burnaston, Derbyshire.

Toyota, the biggest carmaker, said it start building its petrol-electric hatchback at Burnaston from the of next year. The engines be assembled at Toyota’s factory in north Wales.

It will be the first time the has produced a hybrid vehicle in and is seen as an attempt to popularise line of clean-energy cars the traditional Japanese and US markets. makes most of its hybrid in Japan but some are made in and the US.

Toyota sold 429,740 vehicles last year, 285,675 Prius cars, the bestselling hybrid. More 37,000 non-hybrid Auris – built in the UK and Turkey – have sold in Europe since the introduction in spring 2007.

announcement is part of a drive by new chairman, Akio Toyoda, to European drivers off diesel and see off competition from Honda’s hybrid, the fourth bestselling car in last month.

Toyota’s European chief Tadashi Arashima, said the had taken a significant step in ensuring that full become more accessible to a range of customers. Such are crucial if we are to see more low-carbon on European roads.

Our decision to a full hybrid in the UK reflects our confidence in the quality and commitment of the UK workforce and the strength of our long-standing with the UK government. Today’s is positive for Toyota, our UK suppliers and the communities here.

Toyota, which employs people at Burnaston and 540 at Deeside, had cut working hours and pay at its UK plants in to falling sales in Europe.

welcomed the announcement as concern that the UK car industry could to fail without urgent help.

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The business secretary, Mandelson, who visited Burnaston said: This is a welcome and investment in Britain from a manufacturer. As part of our low-carbon strategy, we set out to make Britain the place in the world to develop vehicles.

These commitments, backed by the skills of the UK automotive workers, companies like Toyota to with confidence in low-carbon car in the UK. It demonstrates that the UK’s car is already making the low-carbon

MPs yesterday criticised the government for not quickly enough to see the car industry and its workers safely through the

The business and enterprise committee the government had yet to provide money to carmakers through its £2.3bn assistance programme and should the criteria for loan applications to smaller companies.


We are profoundly that not one single penny has advanced through the scheme, it We hope that this change rapidly.

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