TOYOTA’S Burnaston factory could end up building up to 70,000 more vehicles this year as new figures suggest that UK car manufacturing is continuing to grow.
According to figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) , UK car manufacturing grew 7 per cent last month, with sites across the country, including Toyota’s plant, making 128,873 cars. This is an improvement on the 120,391 made during the same month last year.
The contribution of the Burnaston factory to last month’s figure is not yet known.
Monthly production figures are supplied to the SMMT by car companies on the condition that the performance of each individual manufacturer remains confidential.
But Toyota, which makes the Auris and Avensis at Burnaston, has said that it could end up building 170,000 to 180,000 vehicles this year.
This would be more than it produced last year when it made 109,000 and 2011, when 128,000 cars rolled off its production line.
A spokesman for the factory said: “Our objective is to optimise the one production line that we have at Toyota Manufacturing UK.
“This will mean that we are capable of producing between 170,000 to 180,000 cars a year.”