Major boost for Toyota's UK plant

The latest version of the Avensis large family car, manufactured at Toyota's plant in Derbyshire, is scheduled to be exported to the firm's home market later this year.

The factory located at Burnaston exclusively builds the tourer and ships it to 47 countries around the world.

The release of the third-generation Avensis in Japan will serve as a major boost for the UK plant.

Business Secretary Vince Cable said: "Today's news that it will now export its Avensis model to Japan is a tribute to the skills of the workforce, the efficiency of the plants and the quality of its products."

Adding to this, Katsunori Kojima, managing director of Toyota Motor Manufacturing (UK) Ltd, said: "We are very proud that the Avensis has been selected for export to Japan. This is yet another vote of confidence for the factory and the high quality of our products."

The company decided to launch Avensis in the home market, following an increase in demand for European styling and engineering from Japanese car buyers.

Each model will include a 2.0-litre petrol engine with Multidrive S continuously variable transmission (CVT) system, promising fuel efficiency and low carbon emissions.

Production of the new cars will start in July, and they will be exported from the UK at a rate of 750 models a month.

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