Britain By Car - A Motoring History


One of two manufacturing plants established in the UK by the Japanese vehicle manufacturer, Toyota.

Toyota Motor Manufacturing (UK) Ltd, Burnaston, DE1 9TA, located alongside the A38 between Derby and Burton-on-Trent.

1992 – present.

In 1989, in a bid to obtain greater access to the European car market, Toyota established a UK manufacturing base on the former site of Derby Airport, near the village of Burnaston.

Production at the 600 acre car factory began in 1992 when the first Carina E rolled off the production line on the 16th December.

Today, the Auris and the Avensis ranges are manufactured in Burnaston, about 85 per cent which are sold in mainland Europe.  Toyota UK also now exports cars back to Japan.  The Avensis Touring Sports estate car, is the only car sold by Toyota in Japan that is not made in Japan.

Other locations
Deeside, Clwyd.

Further details 
• Toyota's company website,