Toyota to build a small hybrid car in France, report says

Article by Christian A., on September 28, 2010

Toyota Motor Corp. said that it will build a small hybrid car in France. Toyota declined to provide the name of the hybrid that it will build at the plant in Valenciennes, northern France.

According to media reports, this car will be a gasoline-electric hybrid version of the Yaris subcompact. The small hybrid will be the second hybrid car that Toyota builds in Europe after the Auris hybrid compact hatchback, which started production last June in England.

Toyota announced that production of the small hybrid will begin in 2012. In a statement, Toyota said that this decision is in line with its strategy to extend the full hybrid technology to more models.

Toyota divulged that since 2000, sales have increased steadily and that in fact, nearly 300,000 Toyota and Lexus hybrid models have been sold in Europe. The Yaris has been produced in the Valencienne in Europe since 2001.

The factory has a production capacity of 270,000 vehicles annually. Toyota aims to invest 53 million euros (about $71 million) so that the Valenciennes plant will be prepared to make hybrids.

In the next several years, Toyota will work on its plan to launch several new hybrid models in Europe. Toyota aims that by the early 2020s, it will have a hybrid version of all Toyota and Lexus models. [via autonews - sub. required]

If you liked the article, share on:

Comments

Recommended

The next generation Volvo XC60 will be soon on its way to dealerships and customers as the Swedish carmaker has already commenced production of the mid-sized sports utility vehicle at...
by - April 30, 2017
In September 27, 2016, Porsche initially filed for a patent that is the “Unique Active Rear Diffuser”. And earlier this week, on April 27, 2017, the United States Patent and...
by - April 29, 2017
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has given its Top Safety Pick+ award to the redesigned version of the 2017 Kia Cadenza. This was a result of excellent a...
by - April 29, 2017
It’s pretty neat if you possess something of an extraordinary breed like, say, the Pagani Huayra. There are after all just a total of 100 units ever been built by...
by - April 28, 2017
If you’ve ever visited an arcade, chances are you have already seen a Logitech G920 wheel. If that doesn’t ring a bell, it’s the steering wheel that you use when...
by - April 28, 2017
Facebook

Youtube Channel

Tip Us
Do you have a tip for us?
Did you film an important event?
Contact us
Newsletter
Subscribe to our newsletter!
Subscribe
Galleries