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Toyota's hybrid crossover to use UK-built engines

Set to be based on the C-HR concept shown at the Frankfurt Motor Show last year, the crossover will be smaller than a RAV4 and sales are expected to be weighted towards the hybrid version available from launch later this year, the manufacturer said.

Announcing the investment during a visit to the region, Edwina Hart, minister for economy, science and transport, commented:  “This is excellent news and I am delighted this very significant investment has been secured for Toyota’s facility here. It will not only provide a platform for growth in what is an extremely competitive market but will also help secure the long term sustainable future of the plant and safeguard skilled, well-paid jobs in the region.”

Deeside already builds petrol engines for the Auris Hybrid, and the added capacity for the new model will be funded by £7m provided by Toyota Motor Europe and the Welsh Government. Production of the crossover will take place in Turkey.

Dr Johan van Zyl, Toyota Motor Europe president and CEO, said: “The crossover market has been booming and will continue to grow in Europe and elsewhere.  We are entering the C-segment crossover market with a fantastic new product with a hybrid powertrain from the start.  It will provide our European operations with further perspectives for sustainable growth.”

Jim Crosbie, engine plant pirector, added: “Toyota has a long and successful record of building engines in North Wales. This announcement is a big vote of confidence in the high skills, quality and commitment of our workforce. Deeside was chosen to be Toyota’s first plant in Europe to manufacture a hybrid engine and we are proud to have delivered on that opportunity and to have now been selected to build this next generation hybrid engine.”

 

Alex Grant

Trained on Cardiff University’s renowned Postgraduate Diploma in Motor Magazine Journalism, Alex is an award-winning motoring journalist with ten years’ experience across B2B and consumer titles. A life-long car enthusiast with a fascination for new technology and future drivetrains, he joined Fleet World in April 2011, contributing across the magazine and website portfolio and editing the EV Fleet World Website.

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