Toyota has already made it abundantly clear the company intends to scale back production in Japan in an attempt to combat the ever-strengthening Yen, and now it looks as if we know one of the ways the automaker plans to do so. Toyota has announced it will manufacture U.S. and Canadian-spec Yaris models in its Onnaing-Valenciennes facility in France. The plant has been producing the Yaris hatchback for European buyers since 2001, though this marks the first time in Toyota history that the automaker has built a vehicle in Europe and imported the model to the States.

North American-spec Yaris models differ slightly from their European counterparts. In addition to using different fascia designs front and rear, the NA model comes available with an automatic transmission and a market-specific 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine. There is some differentiation in safety equipment between the two models as well.

Japanese automakers have recently revealed that building cars in Japan and exporting them around the globe is quickly becoming a money-losing proposition. Honda has made it clear the company is seeking alternatives to producing models like the Fit and CR-Z in Japan due to the high costs associated with exporting the vehicles.

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      • 2 Years Ago
      "The plant has been producing the Yaris hatchback for European buyers since 2001" Since 1998, actually.
      Antonio K. Piech
      • 2 Years Ago
      Bugatti is a French names and brand just in case and they also buil the Smart,Peugeot build the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport with the Lion grill in there and the Citroen version too,most of the best design came frm Toyota also came from a French designer and the French design Center,I don't see any harm in this deal at all!!!
      Punch and Judy
      • 2 Years Ago
      RE: the Yaris. Its 4-speed automatic works better than the 6-speed in the Fiesta, shifting predictably and smoothly. Incredible but true. I'm not sure if this reflects more badly on Ford (that the PowerShift is so flaky), or Toyota (that it still builds a 4-speed at all.)
      • 2 Years Ago
      Silly...everybody knows that no one in France works, duh....
        • 2 Years Ago
        according to the oecd, french gdp per hours worked is on par with the US while productivity is higher - despite top class free healthcare, education and long holidays
      Mark Skerritt
      • 2 Years Ago
      I fear for the build quality :)
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hey, enough with that. If they are going to build them outside Japan, why not build them here in the States or at least in North America? The last time I checked, cars built here are far more reliable than whatever they built over there and tried to sell to us. Renault Fuego, anyone? Peugot 505, anyone? Hello!
        • 2 Years Ago
        They probably have spare capacity and it is very costly to fire workers in France. Given that the Euro has dropped recently and with Greece and rest of Eurozone (sans Germany) hanging by a thread, Toyota probably figures that the Euro has more chances to depreciate than increase over the US Dollar.
      • 2 Years Ago
      "Japanese automakers have recently revealed that building cars in Japan and exporting them around the globe is quickly becoming a money-losing proposition." Maybe this is a GenX thing, but some of us, and by that I mean many of us, like Japan-built cars because they were made in Japan, not in spite of it. Seems all right if the Yaris end of the market is made abroad and sold abroad, even using localized parts contributions, but I hope that the LS and Q and other range toppers stay made in Japan. Lar
        • 2 Years Ago
        I agree. Not many cars will be made in Japan in the future. If you want one, you'll have to pay GT-R money for it.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Can we get a new motor, now? I own a 2007MY car, and fundamentally, it's the same as the new model. Why rush out and buy a new Yaris? Same 1NZ from the old Echo, same chassis as the model introduced last generation but with new styling. Same lame 4AT and 5MT. It's OK, but why buy a Yaris over anything else? (And I own a Yaris...) Back in 2007, there weren't many subcompacts that weren't trash.
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