Toyota Manufacturing UK rolled out its three millionth vehicle manufactured in the UK on Monday (7 June).

The company said the 1.3-litre Auris, with stop/start technology, was the milestone vehicle nearly 18 years after the start of UK production in December 1992.

To celebrate, 25 employees from across the company – a cross section of 400 employees who originally joined the company at the start of production who still work at the plant – planted a commemorative tree.

They wre joined by local member of parliament Heather Wheeler.
Katsunori Kojima, managing director, said: “Reaching this milestone shows our commitment to local production here at Burnaston and at our engine plant in North Wales.

“This is a fantastic achievement for us and we are delighted to celebrate this occasion with some of our loyal and committed members who were present at the start of production.”

The first vehicle produced by Toyota in Europe, a Carina E (Corona ), drove off the Burnaston production line on 16 December 1992.  Nine years later, in April 2001, TMUK produced its one millionth vehicle. The two millionth vehicle was manufactured in October 2005.

Later this month will see the start of production of the Auris hybrid model, and its 1.8-litre Atkinson cycle engine, at Burnaston and Deeside.