Toyota has thrown a lifeline to production workers in Derby by announcing that its Burnaston factory will be the only site to produce the new Toyota Avensis
The new model of Toyota’s flagship car, which was unveiled at the Paris Motor Show yesterday, is to be produced in Derbyshire, a move which has increased job security for just over 4,000 workers at the plant. Production at Burnaston – which has been home to Avensis production ever since the model was launched in 1997 – will start next month, with the finished article going on sale throughout Europe in January. Toyota has, however, advised that staff will remain on reduced working hours until sales pick up.
The show was also the opportunity for Japanese car manufacturer Honda to announce that the latest version of its Jazz city car is to be produced in Swindon – the first time that the model has been manufactured outside Japan and China.