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Toyota's latest model awaits its official launch

The Auris Touring Sport is due to be unveiled to workers at the Burnaston plant in 10 minutes time Credit: ITV Central

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.

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Production starts in Derbyshire on Toyota's new sports car

Toyota cars leaving Toyota's main UK plant in Burnaston, Derbyshire. Credit: PA

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.

Some Toyota recalls would have been built in Derby

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.

The Toyota assembly line at the Toyota factory at Burnaston in Derby Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire
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Thousands of UK cars to be recalled over airbag

Models like the Toyota Yaris, made in 2001 (above), are set to be recalled. Credit: Reuters

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.

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Japanese airbag recall affects total of 3.4 million cars

Toyota has said the replacement of airbag inflators will take a few hours for each vehicle. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

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.

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First day for 650 Toyota apprentices

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

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.

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

Toyota to recall 2.77 million cars

Toyota Prius hybrid cars inside a compound near a Toyota showroom in Burton on Trent Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

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.

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