The Japanese automaker is present in the United Kingdom since 1992 when it inaugurated the assembly facility in Burnaston, Derby and the engine factory at Deeside in North Wales.
Almost 25 years later, the UK-produced vehicle with number four million has exited the production line. And this is not the first milestone in Europe for the automaker because in May it celebrated ten million units on the whole continent. The UK milestone model is an Auris Hybrid ordered by Frederick and Dorothy Burden via the Pinkstones Toyota dealership located in Stoke-on-Trent. The owners are longtime Toyota drivers and they opted to trade in their Corolla Verso for the sensible compact hatchback. They selected the flagship Excel version costing £25,140 as a hybrid.
The powertrain includes a naturally-aspirated 1.8-liter gasoline engine and an electric motor for a total output of 134 horsepower (100 kilowatts). Because it’s not going to take down any speed records, the car excels in fuel consumption by returning 74.3 mpg UK in the combined cycle. The second generation Auris has been officially presented back in 2012 and received a subtle refresh last year. It’s now awaiting an all-new generation rumored to arrive sometimes late next year using the all-new TGNA platform as seen in the latest Prius.