UK: Toyota celebrates 10 years of UK car and engine production Toyota Motor Manufacturing (UK) (TMUK) on Monday celebrated its 10th anniversary of car and engine production in the United Kingdom.
While celebrating 10 years of UK production, Toyota’s Burnaston assembly plant is gearing up to produce this all-new European-designed Avensis for launch early in 2003.
During the decade, about 1.32 million cars have been built in the assembly plant at Burnaston near Derby while about 1.1 million engines have been made in the engine plant on Deeside in Wales.
The company’s UK manufacturing operations represent a total investment of £1.7 billion (€2.64 billion, $US2.7 billion) to date.
TMUK currently employs about 4,370 people and will produce an estimated 220,000 Avensis and Corolla models at Burnaston and about 330,000 1.0-, 1.4-, 1.6- and 1.8-litre VVT-i petrol engines on Deeside this year.
On Monday it was 10 years to the day since the first Carina E drove off the assembly line in Burnaston on December 16, 1992 – marking the beginning of Toyota’s manufacturing operations in Europe.
Since then, Toyota has continued to invest in the expansion of its production capacity in the region, and is now producing all three of its core models – Yaris, Corolla and Avensis – in Europe.
As part of its strategy to increase local production, Toyota will – by 2004 – be in a position to build over 500,000 vehicles, 830,000 engines and 550,000 transmissions per year in Europe, at its production sites in France, the UK, Poland and Turkey. In addition, Toyota and PSA Peugeot Citroën will start manufacturing 300,000 entry-level small passenger cars in the Czech Republic starting in 2005, of which 100,000 will be for Toyota.
The 10th anniversary celebrations of TMUK were marked by the donation of UK-built cars to two local children’s charities.
Attendees at the milestone event included Toyota Motor Europe (TME) president and TMUK chairman Shuhei Toyoda and keynote speeches were made by Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) vice-chairman Kosuke Ikebuchi and TMUK managing director Alan Jones.
In the January – November period of this year, Toyota sold 117,238 units in the UK, a 6% increase over the same period last year, and achieved a 4.4% market share. During the same period, Toyota sold 709,898 units in Europe, a 14% rise over 2001, also taking market share to 4.4%.
TMUK 10-Year Production Milestones
- March: Time capsule buried at Burnaston site
- September: First engine made
- December: First Carina built
- January: First Carina E shipments
- February: First engine exports to Japan
- March: Deeside engine plant cylinder block line starts production
- May: 10,000th vehicle built
- May: 10,000th engine made
- June: Official opening by HRH Prince Charles
- July: Engine plant con rod line starts production
- November: Engine plant cylinder head line starts production
- December: Engine plant camshaft line starts production
- December: Engine plant small parts start production
- December: First Carina E liftback (hatchback) built
- Second shift starts at Burnaston
- July: Deeside engine exports to Toyota’s Turkish assembly plant begin
- October: 100,000th Carina E built
- December: 100,000th engine made
- March: 100,000th export Carina E shipped to Europe
- April: Phase II production announced – Corolla to be built at Burnaston from 1998
- June: First Carina E estate (station wagon) built
- January: Second shift added at Deeside
- February: 200,000th engine made
- May: 250,000th car built
- May: Corolla plant extension ground breaking ceremony at Burnaston
- June: New Corolla plant officially handed over by building contractor
- November: Redesigned Avensis replaces Carina E
- March: 400,000th engine made
- June: 500,000th car built
- September: Castings plant ground-breaking ceremony
- October: First Corolla built
- November: Corolla plant official opening
- January: 500,000th engine made
- July: 500,000th car exported
- October: 750,000th car built
- March: Castings production starts
- July: First New Avensis built
- November: 100,000th ZZ engine made
- December: First Yaris engine made
- April: Millionth car built
- November: First redesigned Corolla built