The new Toyota Auris and Auris Touring Sports are being built at Toyota’s Burnaston factory alongside the Avensis and Avensis Tourer
The new Toyota Auris and Auris Touring Sports are being built at Toyota’s Burnaston factory alongside the Avensis and Avensis Tourer. They are the latest models to be produced at the site, where more than 3.25 million cars have been built since operations began in 1992. The majority of the vehicles built by Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK are exported to Europe, as will be the case with the new Auris.
Dr Vince Cable, the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, welcomed Toyota’s continued investment in its UK operations. Dr Cable said “I’m delighted to be here again in Burnaston to mark the start of production of the latest Auris. It marks another significant milestone as Toyota celebrates 20 years of manufacturing here in the UK. Toyota’s £185 million investment is good news for the UK supply chain and helping to improve skills and training. Eight hundred workers have already been recruited and offered Toyota production apprenticeships.” The new Toyota Auris will introduce a new Toyota grade structure, which rises from an entry-level Active trim, through Icon and Sport to the top-of-the range Excel. The Active grade will include Automatic air conditioning, four-speaker audio system with USB and Aux connection and MP3 file player (from disc), electrically adjustable, heated, body-coloured door mirrors and electric front windows.
Owners can upgrade their new Auris’s specification with a range of comfort, convenience and styling options. A new park assist system will be available in the Auris range, fitted as standard to Excel models and an affordable option for Icon and Sport versions. Not only will it steer the car neatly into a space, it will also help manoeuvre it out again.
Petrol, diesel and full hybrid versions of the new Auris and Auris Touring Sports will be manufactured. All powertrain options will be available from the start of sales; the 1.33 Dual VVT-i and 1.6 Valvematic petrol and 1.4 D-4D diesel units, plus Auris Hybrid with Hybrid Synergy Drive. The petrol and diesel models all use a six-speed manual transmission, with Toyota’s Multidrive S CVT offered as an option on the 1.6 Valvematic. The Auris Hybrid uses an E-CVT automatic.
The new Auris is the latest model to reflect Toyota’s determination to engineer cars that are more appealing and dynamically engaging to drive, while building on its long-established reputation for quality, durability and reliability. The Auris will be priced from approximately £14,495.