Toyota has invested £100 million in its Burnaston factory in Derbyshire to secure production for its next generation Auris, including hybrid, petrol and diesel models.
The introduction of the new C-segment hatchback will boost production volumes at the plant creating 1,500 additional jobs over the next two years.
Prime Minister David Cameron welcomed the news of Toyota’s further investment in British manufacturing and jobs.
He said: “This investment and the jobs it will create provide a terrific boost not just to the local economy but to the whole country, and is a tribute to the great skill, hard work and sheer professionalism shown by the Toyota workforce. Toyota’s commitment to the UK shows the growing strength of the UK car industry - it is our great British success story.
“It is vital that we build a more balanced economy, one with manufacturing, innovation and exports at its heart. The automotive sector is leading the way in helping us achieve this – it is an extraordinary success story and one that we are very proud of.”
The Burnaston plant will continue to produce engines, the Avensis saloon and tourer models. About 85% of Burnaston’s engine and vehicle production is exported to Europe and other world markets.