BURNASTON, UK - Toyota's Burnaston plant currently produces the upper-medium Avensis and will add the lower-medium Corolla starting this autumn. Capacity will rise to 220,000 cars a year by the end of the year, when the plant will employ 3,000 staff.
The Avensis, which was specifically designed for the European market, replaced the Carina E in November 1997. Toyota expects to build 160,000 Avensis and 15,000-20,000 Corolla units this year.
Initially, Burnaston will make a five-door Corolla. A three-door version is planned for next year.
The Corolla will have its own, brand-new assembly hall but will share stamping, body and paint facilities with the Avensis.
For the first time, the Corolla will have three distinct versions, says Rob Johnson, general manager of Toyota's purchasing division. These will be a European version (currently made in Japan), a North American and an Asian version.