Toyota's decision to establish a a manufacturing plant in Europe was announced in 1989 and Toyota Manufacturing UK was established in December that year. There are two manufacturing plants in the UK representing a total investment in excess of £1.85 billion and currently approximately 3,100 members are employed. The vehicle manufacturing plant is located at Burnaston in Derbyshire, the engine manufacturing plant is located at Deeside in North Wales. The first car, a Carina E, drove off the production line on 16 December 1992. The new Avensis replaced the Carina E in 1997 and by 2008 a third generation Avensis had been launched. In 1998 a second model, the Corolla, was introduced and in 2001 a new generation Corolla was launched. In 2007, production of the Auris, the new Toyota hatchback, started replacing the Corolla. Production of the Auris Hybrid, the first full mass-produced hybrid in Europe, began in 2010. The Avensis has now been discontinued, and in late summer 2018 the company announced that a new Corolla Hatchback and Touring Sports would replace the Auris models early in 2019. Burnaston is the exclusive European production centre for the new Corolla. The Saloon model will be produced in Turkey.
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The original Trident car company, based in Suffolk, made attractive looking sports cars, often in co-operation with TVR, between the mid sixties and seventies.
The current company, Trident Sports Cars Ltd, was set up by Phil Bevan in 2005 and is now based accross the border in Swaffham, Norfolk.
Phil has spent many years painstakingly developing his Iceni supercar design, which is the culmination of a dream to produce a Grand Tourer with unique features and innovations. In particular he has developed a technique known as Torque Multiplication, which in effect involves the use of a large capacity diesel engine to provide high performance, but at the same time giving the potential for startlingly low fuel consumption. Trident are currently building customer's orders for a coupé and roadster version of the Iceni, with an estate version under development.
The Triking concept is a contemporary sports car inspired by the classic Morgan type cycle cars from the 1920s era. The first Triking was designed and built in the 1970s by company founder, draftsman and technical artist, Tony Divey. Tony`s enthusiasm for three wheelers and his time spent working closely with Colin Chapman at Lotus Cars culminated in his design for the Triking. This was a blend of proven design principles and race-bred technology.
The first Triking was completed in 1977 and rapidly earned a reputation as a unique combination of precision engineering, attractive design and a highly capable sporting car. Attention from motoring press and public alike has always been immensely positive.
Production was quickly commenced in Norfolk, where the cars are still built today.. As well as a successful road-going sports tourer, Trikings firmly established themselves in competition, which improved the breed and inspired a range of detail improvements to the original concept.
Engineer Alan Layzell joined Triking in 1989 and now runs the company following Tony’s retirement.
Triumph Motorcycles, the famous name in British motorcycle manufacturing, was first established in 1902. Over the past two decades, Triumph Motorcycles has been in Hinkley, Leicestershire, and has produced iconic bikes which perfectly blend design, character, charisma and performance. Building around 50,000 bikes a year, Triumph is the largest British motorcycle manufacturer, producing a range of around 14 distinct models in 32 variations, and has over 750 dealers around the world.
At the heart of Triumph's philosophy isa commitment to developing truly unique motorcycles that offer a blend of distinctive design, intuitive handling and performance. The innovation and engineering passion that gave birth to the iconic Bonneville of the 60's has today created a broad range of bikes suited to all motorcycle riders. Triumph currently employs around 1600 personnel world wide and is 100% privately-owned by Bloor Holdings Ltd run by CEO Nick Bloor and the company now produces a large range of motorbikes. In 2017 Triumph opened a new £4 million visitor centre at their Hinkley premises.
Please note: not every Triumph motorcycle is currently built in the UK, as production locations change from time to time. Please contact Triumph Motorcycles directly for further information.
TVR began life as early as 1946 in Blackpool and the name is taken from the first name of it's original founder Trevor Wilkinson. For most of its life the company remained in this town, with which it became closely associated. From around 1949 until 2004 TVR produced a number of highly individual sports cars, made famous by their lightweight construction and the use of large capacity engines.
The company went through several changes of ownership and management during this period, often struggling with limited finances. It enjoyed particular success under Peter Wheeler in the 1980s and 90s, when some of it's most highly regarded models were produced, including the Cerbera, Chimaera, Tuscan and Sagaris. In 2004 ownership passed to Russian businessman Nikolay Smolensky who split the company into various parts and threatened to take production abroad, but nothing came of this. After several false dawns it was feared that the famous and much-loved marque would be lost for ever until a certain Les Edgar appeared on the scene in 2013.
Putting together a team of motor industry stalwarts, including renowned designer Gordon Murray and Cosworth, he announced the development of the first new TVR model, under his watch, in 2015. This resulted in the Griffith, a name already synonymous with TVR, which was shown to an expectant world at the 2017 Goodwood Revival meeting. The story continues, not in Blackpool, but in purpose-built premises in Ebbw Vale, close to the Circut of Wales and the first deliveries of the Griffith are expected in early 2019.