The Toyota plant Deeside will make hybrid engines are for a future Toyota crossover

Toyota’s next generation hybrid engines are to be built at its Deeside plant in North Wales.

The hybrid engines are for a future Toyota crossover model based on the company’s C-HR concept car.

The addition of the new hi-tech engine to the factory’s production is attracting additional investment of around £7 million in operations by Toyota Motor Europe, including grant support of more than £700,000 from the Welsh Government. The decision helps secure existing jobs at the plant.

Jim Crosbie, Engine Plant Director, welcomed the news: “Toyota has a long and successful record of building engines in North Wales. This announcement is a big vote of confidence in the high skills, quality and commitment of our workforce.

“Deeside was chosen to be Toyota’s first plant in Europe to manufacture a hybrid engine and we are proud to have delivered on that opportunity and to have now been selected to build this next generation hybrid engine.”

On a visit to Toyota’s plant on the Deeside Enterprise Zone today, Edwina Hart, Minister for Economy, Science and Transport said: “This is excellent news and I am delighted this very significant investment has been secured for Toyota’s facility on Deeside.

“It will not only provide a platform for growth in what is an extremely competitive market but will help secure the long term sustainable future of the plant and safeguard skilled, well-paid jobs in the region.

“It is a strong vote of confidence in the management team and the highly skilled workforce and a clear reflection of the expertise at Deeside. Toyota’s importance to the Welsh economy is recognised by its Anchor Company status and I am pleased the Welsh Government is supporting this latest investment on site.”

The new engine is the latest generation of Toyota’s hybrid powertrain technology and will play an important role in Toyota Motor Europe’s ambitions for increasing hybrid vehicle sales.

Last year Toyota’s European hybrid sales reached 209,000 units, up 17 per cent on 2014. Hybrid vehicles currently account for almost one quarter per of all new Toyota models sold across all European markets, and about one third of all those sold in Western Europe.