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Toyota rolls out yaris hybrid in Valenciennes

04 Sep 2012 | A region on the move, Mobility

€25 million investment brings Europe’s first B-segment hybrid to market

The first Yaris Hybrid has rolled off the production line at Toyota’s Onnaing plant near Valenciennes. Europe’s first full hybrid model in the B-segment, the Yaris is powered by regular gas, diesel and electricity — a breakthrough in Europe where diesel remains the fuel of choice.

Integrating this new hybrid into the Yaris III production line at Onnaing required adjustments to manufacturing processes and new equipment that together cost €25 million. 

The Yaris Hybrid offers bolder lines than the Yaris III, and a string of attractive features: record low fuel consumption (3.1 liters per 100 km), low emissions (an eco-friendly 71 grams of CO2 per kilometer) and a very quiet ride.  

Set to reach car dealerships in June, the Yaris Hybrid is expected to capture 20% of total Yaris sales in Europe. Onnaing’s production targets call for 45,000 to be made in 2012, and the plant now employs 4,400, up from 3,500 when production of the Yaris II was phased out. “This new version of the Yaris is a real opportunity for the future of Toyota Motor Manufacturing France and for employment at our Valenciennes facility,” said Makoto Sano, chairman of TMMF. 


Source : La Voix du Nord – L’Usine Nouvelle  

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