Toyota will produce a new A-segment model, which are small cars, at its Toyota Motor Manufacturing Czech Republic plant in Kolín. The company will announce the start of production, its expected volume and the name of the car in the future.
The new car will use the Toyota GA-B platform. Three small cars are produced in Cologne – Toyota Aygo, Peugeot 108 and Citroën C1, this year a larger Yaris model is also being added.
“We are convinced that this model will make a significant contribution to Toyota’s growth in the European market – this is fully in line with our involvement in the region. It will also be an affordable car that brings A-segment customers to our brand. Cross, which will bring us economies of scale – this aspect is crucial for small car production, “said Marvin Cooke, Toyota Motor Europe’s executive vice president.
The company employs about 2,500 people in Cologne, last year on April 1 it started recruiting new employees for the production of the Yaris model, it wants to hire up to 1,000 employees. It represents one of the largest exporters in the Czech Republic and at the same time the largest employer in the Kolín region. According to the Association of the Automotive Industry, the production of cars at the Kolín car manufacturer fell by 26.4 percent to 147,865 cars last year.