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Published on January 28th, 2012 | by Seán Ward


UK Delivers 400,000th Toyota Hybrid to Europe

Toyota delivered its 400,000th hybrid in Europe this week, a British built Auris Hybrid from its Burnaston factory in Derbyshire.

The Auris hybrid was the first hybrid Toyota to be built and sold in the European market.

Toyota says that including the 400,000 European hybrids, Toyota has sold 3.5 million hybrids worldwide, supposedly saving more than 23 million tonnes of CO2 emissions.

Tony Walker, Deputy Managing Director of Toyota UK, said: “We are proud that Toyota selected the UK for its first European hybrid production centre and are equally pleased that it is an Auris Hybrid from Burnaston that has taken the company to this landmark total.

“It is more good news for TMUK, following on from the recent announcement that Burnaston will receive significant further investment to build a new generation of Toyota C-segment hatchbacks – including a hybrid version.”

Michel Gardel, Vice President Environmental Affairs at Toyota Europe, said:”We are very proud to deliver our 400,000th hybrid in Europe.

“It shows that European customers are not only ready to consider a hybrid vehicle purchase but for Toyota, they have been doing so in large numbers – in fact 10 per cent of our sales in Europe were hybrid vehicles last year.”

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