A CAR giant based in South Derbyshire is celebrating after new figures showed vehicle production has soared in the UK by more than 16 per cent.
Staff at Toyota, which is based in Burnaston, have been buoyed by figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMNT) which revealed that they and other UK manufacturers built 91,282 cars last month, a 16.2 per cent rise on 2012.
The news comes at a time when it has been revealed that the factory could end up building up to 70,000 more vehicles this year - meaning a bumper year for the car giant.
A spokesman for Toyota 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.”
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 close to 200,000 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.