The car's owners have traded in another Toyota, a Corolla Verso model.
Toyota opened its first European manufacturing facilities back in 1992 when it inaugurated the assembly plant in Burnaston, Derby and the engine factory at Deeside in North Wales. Almost a quarter of a century later, the vehicle number 4,000,000 has been driven off the production line. Earlier this year in May, Toyota celebrated 10 million cars built in Europe, with U.K. accounting for almost 40 percent of the total production on the old continent.
The car in question is a sensible Auris Hybrid ordered by Frederick and Dorothy Burden via the Pinkstones Toyota dealership located in Stoke-on-Trent. The owners are actually long-time Toyota drivers and loyal to the brand, deciding to trade in their Corolla Verso for the shiny new and thrifty compact hatchback.
They actually went all out and ordered the range-topping Excel version kicking off at £25,140 in the hybrid guise, which is the most expensive of them all. It’s powered by a naturally-aspirated 1.8-liter gasoline engine working together with an electric motor for a total output of 134 horsepower (100 kilowatts). As you would imagine, it’s definitely not the car to take down Nürburgring records, with the 0-62 mph (0-100 kph) completed in an agonizing 11.4 seconds en route to a top speed of 112 mph (180 kph).
Where the Auris Hybrid really shines is in fuel consumption by managing to return 74.3 mpg UK in the combined cycle when fitted with the smaller 15-inch alloy wheels. Upgrade to the 17-inch set and the fuel economy will drop significantly to 70.6 mpg UK.
The second-generation Auris (codenamed E180) has been around since August 2012, with a very subtle facelift introduced in February 2015. Spy images have shown Toyota has already commenced testing of an all-new model likely due to arrive in the second half of next year and ride on the TGNA platform borrowed from the latest Prius. A lower weight corroborated with an upgraded hybrid system should make the new Auris more frugal than the current model.