New Avensis goes into production

The new Avensis

This is the third generation of Avensis built at Burnaston.

TOYOTA has announced that there will be no price increases for the new generation of its Avensis, which is now being produced at its Burnaston plant in Derbyshire.
It’s good news all round as not only does it mean manufacturing is alive at well at the site, but buyers will benefit from the extra equipment in the new model but at no extra cost. In fact, the T4 models will see a slight price reduction.
This is the third generation of Avensis to be built at the site and the new model offers improved performance and new styling.
The latest variant from Toyota’s largest European plant will begin to arrive in showrooms early next year.
Prices will range from £18,450 for the T2 saloon 1.8 Valvematic 6MT saloon up to £28,885 for the top model, the T Spirit Tourer 2.2 D-Cat 150 6AT.
Toyota Manufacturing UK’s deputy managing director Tony Walker said: “This is great news for Burnaston, we are proud to be starting work on the new Avensis, a car that is central to Toyota’s European strategy and a key model for the UK. British-built, and with petrol engines sourced from Toyota’s Deeside factory plus ultra-efficient diesels, it is a stronger market contender than ever before.”
The public and journalists got to see the new Avensis at September’s Frankfurt Motor Show. The new car has a sharper, more contemporary edge to its styling. But the improvements don’t end there. The cabin and driving quality have both been boosted.
The top-selling D-4D engine has been greatly modified and now delivers lower CO2 emissions and improved fuel economy. The CO2 level has been reduced to 119g/km which should appeal to company car drivers and fleet operators.