New Toyota Avensis production starts in UK – starts at £18,450 [price list] image

Toyota Motor Corp. on Monday announced that has start producing the new Avensis model at Toyota’s Burnaston factory in the United Kingdom.

In addition, the automaker announced that the new range starts at £18,450 for the 1.8 Valvematic T2 sedans with six-speed manual transmission, up to £28,885 for the 2.2 D-CAT 150 6AT T Spirit variant.
The 2012 Avensis model will reach showrooms early next year.

“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.” Tony Walker, Toyota Manufacturing UK Deputy Managing Director, said.

As a remainder, the new Avensis was unveiled for the firs time at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show.

At that time the Japanese automaker said that 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). [more about the new Avensis]