It's hoped the Toyota car being built in Derbyshire will safeguard jobs; welcome news for the car giant which has had a series of recalls.
Toyota has been at their plant in Burnaston in Derby for 20 years. Today, the Japanese car maker is celebrating its time in the city.
Toyota is celebrating its 20th anniversary at its Burnaston plant in Derbyshire.
Staff at Toyota's assembly plant in Derbyshire are due to see the new model they will be making for the Japanese car firm.
The Auris Touring Sports is the first full hybrid estate vehicle in its class.
Production of the vehicle will secure jobs at the Burnaston plant for at least a decade.
It will also benefit many more companies who supply parts to Toyota.
The car is set to be unveiled in the next 10 minutes.
Production begins today on Toyota's new Auris Touring Sports car at their Burnaston plant in Derbyshire. Toyota says the car will go on sale in some parts of Europe in July. The car is the first full hybrid estate vehicle and will be built for Europe exclusively in the UK.
The new car will be available in full hybrid, petrol and diesel variants.
Toyota has confirmed that some of the 76,000 vehicles being recalled because of airbag problems would have been built at its Burnaston plant in Derbyshire.
These models include the Corolla and Avensis made between November 2000 and March 2004.
Toyota is recalling 76,000 vehicles bought in the UK between November 2000 and March 2004, including models such as the Corolla and the Yaris, due to the Japanese airbag problem.
Nissan is also recalling 59,058 vehicles made between 2000 and 2004 and sold in the UK, including the X-Trail, Patrol, Almera, and Navara models.
Honda is recalling 15,400 UK-bought vehicles made between 2001 and 2004, including the Civic, the CRV and the FRV.
The scope of the Japanese airbag problem is a little wider than first reported, with a total of around 3.4 million vehicles set to be recalled worldwide.
The recall includes 490,000 cars in Europe and 580,000 from North America.
The concern is that airbags in front of the vehicles' front passenger seat may not inflate when required, a spokesman for Toyota said.
He added that no injuries or deaths had been reported because of the fault.
Toyota Motor Corp says the recall is due to an airbag problem. Toyota employ nearly 4000 people at their manufacturing plant in Derbyshire.
Today 650 apprentices start work at Toyota's plant in Derbyshire.
Recruits are being trained to help staff meet production demands on the next generation of the Auris model at the firm's site in Burnaston.
Toyota will recall about 2.77 million vehicles worldwide, including the Prius, due to problems with the steering mechanism and the hybrid system water pump.
Thirteen models sold in Japan between August 2000 and January 2012 will be recalled it said in a filing with Japan's transport ministry. Some 1.5 million of the recalls are of cars sold in Japan.
It is not known how many - if any - cars in the UK will be recalled.
The announcement comes a month after Toyota recalled more than 7.4 million vehicles worldwide for faulty power window switches that are a potential fire hazard, the biggest single recall since Ford pulled 8 million vehicles off the road in 1996.