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Toyota investment will 'make plant competitive'

Sarah Teale

Reporter, East Midlands Today

Toyota's deputy managing director Tony Walker has said there are "no guarantees for the future but a £240m investment at Burnaston will make the plant competitive."

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Toyota investment a 'huge vote of confidence' in Derby plant

Sarah Teale

Reporter, East Midlands Today

The £240m investment in Toyota at Burnaston in Derby, has been described by the Secretary of State for Business Greg Clark as a "huge vote of confidence" in the plant.

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Hope for Toyota after uncertainty around Brexit

BBC Radio Derby

In January the UK car industry trade body, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, indicated that the uncertainty around Brexit and future trading arrangements had hit investment in the sector.

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Investment commitments in the UK automotive sector last year totalled £1.66bn, down from £2.5bn in 2015.  

Government to provide £21.3m for Toyota training and research

BBC Radio Derby

The government is also providing Toyota with £21.3m in funding, training, research and development as well as enhancements of the plant's environmental performance. 

The Burnston plant near Derby already produces the Auris and the Avensis models.

Last year it manufactured around 180,000 vehicles with the majority being exported to the EU and around the world.

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Toyota is 'doing all it can to make Burnaston more competitive'

BBC Radio Derby

The chief executive of Toyota Motor Europe , Johan van Zyl, said the investment showed that the company is doing all it can to make Burnaston more competitive.

However, he warned: "Continued tariff-and-barrier free market access between the UK and Europe that is predictable and uncomplicated will be vital for future success."

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'Happy Van' wins Toyota dream car award

BBC Hereford and Worcester

A five-year-old from Hereford has won a competition hosted by Toyota where entrants must design their dream car.

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The Happy Van, by Cecile Catchpole

Cecile Catchpole, from Hereford won the under-eight category with her entry called The Happy Van.

The Happy Van is " a machine whose principle purpose is to cheer people up. It can fly, tell jokes, sing songs, share out sweets and scatter fairy glitter while travelling along a rainbow road".