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Toyota could build future Auris model at Burnaston if UK gets transitional Brexit deal

Japanese car maker Toyota could build its future Auris model at its Burnaston plant in Derbyshire dependent on the Brexit deal. Credit: PA

Japanese car maker Toyota could build its future Auris model at its Burnaston plant in Derbyshire if the government secures a transitional Brexit deal.

Sources have told Reuters that the firm, which employs three and a half thousand people in the UK, does intend to make the model here.

Toyota builds the current generation of Auris hatchbacks at its Burnaston plant, with the run due to end in around 2021. Credit: PA

Toyota builds the current generation of Auris hatchbacks at its Burnaston plant, with the run due to end in around 2021. But firms make model decisions up to three years in advance partly to organise supply chains.

Toyota says a competitive environment must be maintained in the future, and would not comment on specific plans.

Toyota announced investment upgrades for its vehicle plant at Burnaston some time ago, which shows we are doing all we can to ensure our UK operations are as competitive as possible. The Company’s position on Brexit has remained consistent since the UK referendum – that a competitive environment for the UK automotive sector must be maintained in the future. This means Continued tariff-and-barrier free market access between the UK and Europe that is predictable and uncomplicated.

There are no imminent investment decisions to take on our UK manufacturing businesses. With regard to specific models, Toyota has never commented on future production plans as a matter of course.

– Toyota Motor Manufacturing (UK) Ltd

A decision is expected to be made by the end of the year.