Toyota Motor Manufacturing France started production of the new generation Toyota Yaris at its plant in Valenciennes, France.
The fourth-generation model of Toyota most sold in Europe is the first drive compact built on the platform of the Toyota New Global Architecture GA-B.
That of Valenciennes has become the fourth plant in Europe to have introduced the production of vehicles based on TNGA after Toyota Motor Manufacturing Turkey (Toyota C-HR and the Corolla Sedan), Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK at Burnaston (the Corolla Hatchback and Touring Sports) and Toyota Motor Russia (Camry and RAV4)
The new Yaris is equipped with the latest generation of engine 1.5 L TNGA product also in Europe, at Toyota Motor Manufacturing in Poland.
A further investment of 300 million euros, equal to half of the initial investment of TMMF, has been made to allow for the production of vehicles based on the TNGA.
One of the major expansions took place in the section of plastics, with an additional surface of 3,500 m2 to accommodate new production lines and painting, which in turn allow the internal production of new plastic parts. TMMF expects the number of its employees will reach 3,600 (out of a total of 4,800) by the end of 2020.
Luciano Biondo, president and ceo of TMMF said: “The start of production of the fourth generation of the Yaris marks the first step toward our goal of 300,000 units produced in a year. With the new compact SUV Yaris Cross that will be the second model produced by our lines in mid-2021, we are on track to reach our goal. Another investment of 100 million euros will support the production of the Yaris Cross”.