Major Toyota Deal

Bondholder Toyota has announced that its Derbyshire factory will remain the home of the Auris, securing thousands of jobs.

The announcement comes a year after a £240m investment, to improve competitiveness, by introducing the Toyota New Global Architecture. This involved standardising engines and components across models, resulting in upgraded equipment, technologies and systems.

Managing Director of Toyota Manufacturing UK (TMUK), Marvin Cooke, 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."

Since the Auris was launched in 2006 it has been made at the Burnaston plant, where the second generation Auris is currently made.