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Twenty years for Toyota in Derbyshire

Toyota's plant at Burnaston in Derbyshire Photo: PA

One of the region's biggest car makers is celebrating its 20th year manufacturing cars in the Midlands.

Toyota first opened its plant in Burnaston in Derbyshire on this day in 1992. The first car to roll of the production line was the Carina E, and since then other models to be made there include the Avensis, Corrolla and Auris.

The Toyota Auris Hybrid car on display during the media day at the Paris Auto Show Credit: PA

The new model Auris was debuted at the Paris Motor show this weekend, and will be made at the Burnaston plant.

It follows a £100 million investment promised for the Japanese firm's UK production arm which will secure car making at the factory well into the next decade.

Workers on the production line at the Burnaston plant in Derby Credit: PA

Last year production was hit significantly after the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan in March.

Production lines had to shut for two days a week in the months following the disaster because of a shortage of parts.

However business is now back to normal and the factory currently employs around 4000 people.

Today there will be a series of events to mark the 20 year milestone, with business leaders and workers celebrating two decades of car production in Burnaston.

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