Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) UK manufacturing was boosted today as Toyota announced the start of production for its new Avensis model at its Burnaston factory.The introduction of the revised, UK-built, Avensis will reach showrooms early next year and reaffirms Toyota’s commitment to Burnaston and to UK manufacturing. Burnaston is Toyota’s largest production site in Europe and has benefited from £1.15 billion investment since it opened in 1992 and, as the centre for all Avensis production, has built three generations of the model since 1997.Tony Walker, Toyota Manufacturing UK Deputy Managing Director, said, “This is great news for Burnaston, we are proud to be starting work on the new Avensis, a car that is central to Toyota’s European strategy and a key model for the UK. British-built, and with petrol engines sourced from Toyota’s Deeside factory plus ultra-efficient diesels, it is a stronger market contender than ever before.”Unveiled at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show, the new-look Avensis builds on the spaciousness, practicality and fuel efficiency that are the established hallmark qualities of the model, delivering sharper contemporary styling, a quieter and more comfortable cabin and improved driving dynamics. In addition, its top-selling 2.0-litre D-4D engine has been significantly revised to achieve lower emissions and better fuel economy: with CO2 levels brought down to 119g/km, it strengthens Avensis’s appeal as a high value proposition, particularly for fleet operators and company car drivers.For more information about UK automotive manufacturing download SMMT’s Motor Industry Facts 2011.
Tata Motors, India’s market leader in commercial vehicles and the world’s fourth largest truck manufacturer, has launched the new TATA Prima 3138.K 8X4 tipper equipped with an Allison 4430R transmission at the 6th International Construction Equipment and Construction Technology Trade Fair (EXCON) 2011 in Bengaluru, which is organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry. The company states that the tipper model is ideal for carrying overburden in coal, iron ore, limestone and other applications involved in the heavy mining industry.Tata’s Prima 3138.K is a four-axle, 31 t GVW tipper with an Allison 4430R automatic transmission. Powered by a Cummins ISLe (CRDi) engine, the tipper has a maximum rating of 370 hp and features new generation brakes, ABS and a hub reduction axle, specially designed for off-road applications. The tipper also comes with a 19 m3 rock body for better payload volume and faster tipping time. According to Allison, customers will also benefit from the proven characteristics of the Allison 4430R transmission, including “outstanding reliability and durability.” The company adds: “Allison fully automatics allow faster acceleration resulting in shorter trip times and provide more torque to the wheels. Built in prognostics extend oil change intervals and with two hands on the wheel, safety is increased.” The new Tata tipper also includes a spacious, air-conditioned cabin with a pneumatic-suspension driver’s seat and adjustable steering wheel. Tata states that these amenities, along with the smooth shifting of the Allison fully automatic transmission, afford drivers the level of comfort necessary to achieve long hours of daily operation, while also increasing productivity.