Toyota to create 1,500 UK jobs

Toyota will invest £228m in Europe to build the next generation of its Auris compact hatchback in the UK and a compact saloon in Turkey, adding up to 1,900 new jobs in total. Toyota said it expects to recruit up to 1,500 additional workers in the UK, with a first recruitment phase of around 500 from the middle of 2012. The Japanese carmaker, which is suffering under a strong yen, wants to both increase the total volume of compact cars produced in Europe while better utilising plant capacities.