Following its global premiere at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show next week, the new generation Toyota Auris will hit the assembly lines at Burnaston, Derbyshire, UK.
The facility already received more than £240 million (~$334 million) investments last year to prepare for the manufacture of cars based on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform.
“Producing TNGA-based vehicles locally is a key part of our plan to strengthen the global competitiveness of our plants”, said Toyota Motors Europe President and CEO, Johan van Zyl, during a visit to Burnaston. “Today’s announcement that we will manufacture the new Auris at Burnaston, with most engines to be supplied from Deeside, shows our confidence in the skills and capabilities of our Toyota Motor UK members.”
By taking the decision to produce the new Auris in UK, where the outgoing generation is also being put together, Toyota has secured thousands of jobs.
Teased officially earlier this week, prior to its premiere in Switzerland, the third generation Toyota Auris will compete against the likes of the Volkswagen Golf, Ford Focus, Renault Megane, Opel/Vauxhall Astra, Peugeot 308, and others.
The exterior styling of the 2018 Toyota Auris is described as “dynamic” by the company. Engine options should include two petrol-electric units, alongside with the normal petrol powertrains. It’s unknown yet whether the new Auris will make it Stateside, as the Corolla Hatchback.