CONFIRMATION a new generation of car will be manufactured in the area has been welcomed.

Alyn and Deeside MP Mark Tami has welcomed Toyota’s commitment to build the new generation Auris in the UK.

Toyota has announced the third generation Auris will be built at Toyota Manufacturing UK’s (TMUK) Burnaston factory in Derbyshire, with most of the engines being produced in its Deeside plant.

The new model will be built on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform and will receive its worldwide premiere at the Geneva Motor Show on Tuesday.

Mark Tami MP welcomed the announcement and said: “This is fantastic show of faith in the capabilities of Toyota’s UK manufacturers.

"There is a lot of uncertainty in the UK economy at the moment but this sort of commitment is exactly what we need both locally and nationally.

“Alyn and Deeside is an ever improving area and Toyota is a big part of our local economy.

"I was recently at the Deeside plant’s 25th anniversary of building engines, and with announcements like this, here’s to another 25 years of successful manufacturing.”

Announcing the news on a visit to Burnaston, Dr Johan van Zyl, TME President and CEO, said, “Producing TNGA based vehicles locally is a key part of our plan to strengthen the global competitiveness of our plants.

"Today’s announcement that we will manufacture the new Auris at Burnaston, with most engines to be supplied from Deeside, shows our confidence in the skills and capabilities of our TMUK members.”

“As a company, we are doing what we can to secure the competitiveness of our UK operations as a leading manufacturing centre for our European business.

"With around 85 per cent of our UK vehicle production exported to European markets, continued free and frictionless trade between the UK and Europe will be vital for future success.”

Marvin Cooke, TMUK Managing Director, said, “This is excellent news for TMUK, our local stakeholders and British automotive manufacturing. It signals Toyota’s trust in TMUK’s ability to build ever-better cars for our customers.”