Toyota has delivered its four millionth British-built car - to our customers, Frederick and Dorothy Burden! The landmark car is a top of the range Auris Hybrid Excel - one of the best sellers at our dealership.
As long term Toyota drivers, they traded in their beloved Corolla Verso. The couple were surprised to learn of the significance of their new car, commenting “After a last minute change of heart we decided to upgrade to the Excel specification. This decision meant we’ve ended up with the four millionth vehicle”. This is the first Hybrid model they have owned, but the quiet engine and handling has certainly impressed, “you’re never too old to try something new.”
Not only are we delighted that the four millionth car was purchased by one of our own loyal customers, we're also immensely proud of Toyota and their commitment to UK manufacturing and the environment.
Toyota’s manufacturing plant in Burnaston, Derby, has the distinction of being a Toyota global eco-plant, a pioneer of environmental best practice, eliminating waste, reducing use of natural resources, and promoting sustainable energy and biodiversity. The factory was the UK’s first car manufacturing plant to achieve ISO14001 certification for environmental management and one of the only sites to send zero waste to landfill.
The Burnaston plant is on a site that occupies around 580 acres. Its large, green open spaces, lakes and surrounding wetland are home to a diverse range of wildlife and even encompass an area of registered biological importance. Below you can see a short film from a drone which gives a beautiful overview of the manufacturing plant and its surroundings. The harmonious way in which the factory’s various buildings blend with its open green spaces are plain to see. Additionally, a vast array of 16,800 solar panels provide over 4.2MWp – 5% of the total electricity at Burnaston, and enough to build almost 7000 vehicles per year (or boil 150 million cups of tea!).
TMUK is not just about keeping itself green though; it’s actively looking for ways to improve the Derbyshire county. In 2014, TMUK formed an auto industry-first partnership with the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, and plans to restore 234,000m² of natural habitat by 2020.
The quality of the work at TMUK was recognised in its selection as the first European site for hybrid vehicle production, with the introduction of Auris Hybrid in 2009. Today the factory is the exclusive production centre for Auris and Avensis models for the European market. In May 2016, Toyota celebrated 10 million vehicles produced across European operations, with UK-manufactured cars accounting for almost 40 per cent of that figure.