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Toyota on Wednesday said it will build a new hybrid car in Britain for Japanese peer Suzuki—a welcome boost for the UK auto sector which has been hit by Brexit uncertainty.
"Seeking to produce additional volume for other customers is one example of all the efforts we are making to keep our UK manufacturing operations as competitive as they can be" in the face of Brexit, said Toyota's head of UK operations, Marvin Cooke.
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Toyota expects production to start in late 2020 at its Welsh plant in Deeside and its factory in Burnaston, central England.
Just two weeks ago, Toyota Europe's CEO warned the firm could end production in Britain by 2023 should the country exit the European Union without a deal.
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Cooke repeated Toyota concerns in Wednesday's statement.
"We have consistently said for the medium to longer term, continued free and frictionless trade and common automotive technical standards will be essential to support the international competitiveness of the UK automotive sector."
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But he added that Wednesday's announcement by the Japanese car giant, which employs more than 3,200 people across its two plants in Britain, "demonstrates Toyota's trust" in the local workforce.
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