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New Toyota Corolla starts production at TMUK Burnaston Derbyshire factory

New Toyota Corolla starts production at TMUK Burnaston Derbyshire factory

 

Production of the new Toyota Corolla Hatchback and Touring Sports wagon has officially started at Toyota Manufacturing UK’s (TMUK) Burnaston factory in Derbyshire.

The new Corolla is the first Toyota model in Europe to offer buyers a choice of two self-charging hybrid electric powertrains. There is an upgraded 1.8 litre engine manufactured at the Toyota Deeside engine plant in North Wales, and a powerful new 2.0-litre hybrid powertrain.

The official start of production ceremony took place at TMUK on 14th January 2019, which is the exclusive European production centre for these new models, set to be strong contenders in the competitive C-segment compact hatchback and estate/wagon market. 

Official start of new Corolla production ceremony

The event was attended by Dr Johan van Zyl, President and CEO of Toyota Motor Europe, Mr Hiroki Nakajima, Mid-size Vehicle Company, executive vice president and concurrent chief engineer, Toyota Motor Corporation, The Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, the UK Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, and His Excellency Mr Koji Tsuruoka, Japanese Ambassador to the United Kingdom.

Dr van Zyl, said;

“TMUK was our first major manufacturing enterprise in Europe and we have invested more than £2.75 billion in its operations since the start of production in 1992.

"As part of our strategy to secure the competitiveness of our UK operations, we took the decision in 2017 to upgrade our Burnaston plant to manufacture cars based on the new TNGA platform.

Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform

Marvin Cooke, TMUK Managing Director, said; This is a proud day for everyone at TMUK, making the new TNGA Corolla is a major milestone in our production history. This is a real sign of confidence in the capabilities of our workforce and in TMUK as a centre for world-class manufacturing. We will continue to deliver the highest level of quality products to our customers.” The new Corolla is the first model to be built in the UK using the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform.

.Great deals on the new Toyota Corolla hatchback and Touring Sports wagon from Farmer and Carlisle Leicester & LoughboroughIn the meantime, if you are interested in the new Toyota Corolla, Farmer & Carlisle Leicester & Loughborough have some excellent value contract hire, leasing, finance and outright purchase offers. We also have a new Corolla available for test drive – find out more and enquire about the new Corolla by clicking here or call us on 0116 285 2851 today!

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