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.

Today’s announcement is part of a by Toyota’s new chairman, Akio to wean European drivers off vehicles and see off competition from Insight hybrid, the fourth car in Japan last month.

European chief executive, Arashima, said the firm had a significant step forward in that full hybrids more accessible to a wider of customers. Such efforts are if we are to see more low-carbon vehicles on roads.

Our decision to produce a hybrid in the UK reflects both our in the quality and commitment of the Toyota UK and the strength of our long-standing partnership the UK government. Today’s announcement is for Toyota, our UK suppliers and the local 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, Peter who visited Burnaston yesterday, This is a welcome and forward-looking in Britain from a world-class As part of our low-carbon industrial we set out to make Britain the best in the world to develop low-carbon

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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