Toyota's car plant in Valenciennes, France, today manufactured its 200,000th Toyota Yaris. The Valenciennes car plant has been making Yaris models since January 31, 2001, and increased capacity to 184,000 units last November. Now, one Toyota Yaris is produced every minute at the Valenciennes plant. The Toyota Yaris has been an ongoing sales success in Europe. Since its launch in 1999, more than 750,000 units were sold to date in the region.
The three best-selling European markets for the Toyota Yaris in 2002* were Italy (about 60,000 units sold), the U.K. (about 31,300 units) and France (more than 25,000 units sold). A total of almost 210,000 Toyota Yaris were sold in Europe in 2002.
By 2004, Toyota will be in a position to build over 500,000 vehicles, 830,000 engines and 550,000 transmissions per year in Europe, at its production sites in France, the U.K., Poland and Turkey. In addition, Toyota and PSA Peugeot Citroën will start manufacturing 300,000 entry-level small passenger cars in the Czech Republic starting in 2005, of which 100,000 will be for the Toyota brand.