Toyota has produced a limited edition of a model that it builds in Derbyshire to mark 25 years of car manufacturing in the UK.
The Japanese car-maker is celebrating the landmark anniversary by selling a special version of the Auris Hybrid, a model that it builds at its Burnaston factory.
Toyota first started making cars at the Derbyshire plant back in December, 1992. The first car to roll off the production line was a Carina E.
Since then, over the past quarter of a century, the Burnaston factory has made more than four million vehicles, which have been delivered to customers across the UK, mainland Europe and beyond.
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And in that time, the company has invested more than £2.5 billion in Burnaston and its engine-making plant in Deeside, North Wales.
Earlier this year, the firm announced it was investing a further £240 million in the Derbyshire factory to upgrade production processes.
Today, Toyota employs more than 3,000 people across its two UK plants and supports many more jobs within its UK supply chain.
The Toyota Auris Hybrid GB25 has a number of distinctive features
Burnaston was the first Toyota factory in Europe to start producing hybrid vehicles, which are powered by a combination of petrol and electricity.
It is the home of the Auris Hybrid and to mark the factory’s 25th anniversary, it has produced the limited edition car, known as the Auris Hybrid GB25.
According to Toyota, the special car “represents the best of Toyota’s UK manufacturing, a stylish and spacious compact hatchback offering the smooth, quiet and efficient performance of the latest-generation petrol-electric hybrid powertrain”
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Performance-wise, the car’s 1.8-litre petrol-electric engine can give 72.4 miles per gallon fuel consumption. On the outside it has a distinctive “bi-tone” paint finish, combining a contrasting black roof, front grille and door mirror casings with a choice of Tokyo Red, Pearl White or Aspen Grey bodywork. Its special status is marked out a by a “25 years building in Britain” badge, incorporating the Union flag.
Inside, it has black leather upholstery with a quilted finish for the backrest and cushion and contrast silver stitching – also featured on the armrests and dashboard trim.
Other equipment features include 17-inch alloy wheels with silver and machined contrast finish, rear privacy glass, full colour multi-information display automatic air conditioning, power windows, push-button start and leather steering and shift lever trim. The car went on sale at the start of the month with a price tag of £24,045.
Source: Derby Telegraph