Toyota has given the green light for the next-generation Auris hatchback to be built in the UK, in a vote of confidence for British car manufacturing.
The next Auris hatchback will be built at the firm's Burnaston factory in Derbyshire, where the current model is made. The Japanese manufacturer has also said that its Deeside plant in North Wales would also build most of its engines.
The go-ahead comes after Toyota promised that it would invest £240m at the Derbyshire plant to upgrade it for future.
Issues surrounding Brexit have raised concerns about the future of British car manufacturing, while the business, energy and industrial strategy committee in the House of Commons said yesterday that no Brexit deal would be "hugely damaging" to the UK car industry.
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Toyota's news follows on from Mini and Nissan's continued support and commitment to the UK car industry. Nissan announced in November 2016 that it would build the next generation of its X-Trail and Qashqai crossovers at its Sunderland plant, while BMW has said that that its electric Mini will be built at its Oxford factory.
The new Auris will begin rolling off the production lines before the end of the year, with the model making its debut at the Geneva Motor Show next week.
The group's president and chief executive, Johan van Zyl, said: "As a company, we are doing what we can to secure the competitiveness of our UK operations as a leading manufacturer centre for our European business.
"With around 85 per cent of our UK vehicle production exported to European markets, continued free and frictionless trade between the UK and Europe will be vital for future success."