The British built Toyota Avensis is heading for Japan.
The recently upgraded model went on sale in the UK earlier this year, but is now set for Tokyo’s roads.
The Avensis is built exclusively at Toyota’s factory in Burnaston, Derbyshire but is being exported to the “home” market from this month, thanks to high demand.
Initially, only Avensis Tourer models will be available – powered by the smooth running 3ZR-FAE 2.0-litre petrol engine, connected to the company’s “super” CVT-i automatic gearbox.
There’s no shortage of appetite for the Avensis’ European inspired styling and chassis engineering from Japanese customers with sales targets of 300 cars a month. The official customer launch is slated for April 16th.
The announcement that the “British” Avensis will be exported to Japan is described as not just an achievement for Toyota Manufacturing UK but also for British manufacturing as whole.
Along with the Avensis, Burnaston also supplies the UK market with Auris and the economical Auris Hybrid model, furthering the plant’s impressive green credentials.
Toyota has been manufacturing vehicles at Burnaston since 1989 and, when running at full capacity, it can have up to 4000 employees on site with a car coming off the end of the production line approximately every 70 seconds.