LONDON: Toyota intends to build the next version of its Auris car at its UK car plant on the assumption that the government secures a transitional Brexit deal, two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.
The final decision is due to be made by the end of the year, according to the sources and a government briefing document released to Reuters under a freedom of information request.
The new Auris would keep one of Britain’s biggest car plants operating, secure thousands of jobs and provide a welcome endorsement to prime minister Theresa May.
Toyota builds the current generation of Auris hatchbacks at its Burnaston plant in England, with the run due to end in around 2021.
But firms make model decisions up to three years in advance partly to organise supply chains.
“Toyota UK management have a working assumption that the UK will retain the next generation Auris because it is too early to determine the nature of the trading relationship with the EU.”