As well as hybrids, Valenciennes builds NAFTA specification Yaris for North America

As well as hybrids, Valenciennes builds NAFTA specification Yaris for North America

The 200,000th French made Toyota Yaris hybrid was produced this week. The milestone car, a Pure White High grade, was for a French customer.

The factory at Valenciennes employs 3,800 churning out 300 hybrid vehicles a day and hybrid production accounts for about 40% of units produced, up from 25% when output started in April 2012.

The Yaris is Toyota’s best selling model in Europe with the 181,105 sold last year accounting for about 20% of the brand's sales. A third were hybrids (58,530).

France takes 20% of hybrid output ahead of Italy and the United Kingdom (both 16%).

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