"There will certainly be no delay to our launch of production of the Auris Hybrid."
- March 8, 2010
Will Toyota be perceived as making the right choice here? --Ed.
TOYOTA bosses have eased workersʼ fears by pledging that the new hybrid car earmarked for production at their firmʼs Burnaston plant will be launched as planned.
Employees’ concerns were raised over the weekend when Tadashi Arashima, chief executive of Toyota Motor Europe, was quoted in a national newspaper saying the launch of the Auris Hybrid (pictured) could be postponed.
According to the article, Mr Arashima said the recent mass recall of vehicles with faulty brakes and accelerators could affect the launch.
Staff already face voluntary redundancies or a cut in working hours to offset a 750-worker surplus when one of the site’s two production lines closes in August.
Bosses will also cut overheads by shutting the Burnaston plant down for an extra week during Easter.
However, factory chiefs have moved to reassure employees that Mr Arashima’s comments were ‘misconstrued’ and that the launch will go... [Read More]