New Toyota Auris and Corolla Sedan Coming in 2012
The manufacturer plans to invest €265 million ($355 million) in their facilities in order to bring forward a three C-segment contenders - the Auris 3- and 5-door models to be built in the UK, and a Corolla sedan assembled in Turkey.
Toyota’s Burnaston factory in Derbyshire will now be sole European manufacturing centre for new generation C-segment hatchbacks - including hybrid, petrol, and diesel models. As a result of this, they’ll need to recruit up to 1,500 additional workers in the coming years.
"This announcement further endorses the importance of TMUK and TMMT as production centres for Toyota in Europe and is in line with our plan to increase local production for cars sold in Europe," said Didier Leroy, President and CEO of Toyota Motor Europe.
"The C-segment hatchback is a core vehicle for Toyota, competing in a strategic segment of the European automobile market, while sedans are stronger sellers in Eastern Europe, Turkey and other countries in that region. We are confident that our factories in UK and Turkey, supported by committed workers and suppliers, will continue to deliver superior quality vehicles and contribute to Toyota's sustainable growth in Europe in the future," the official added.