The folks at Toyota have been complaining about the low euro and the strong yen long enough. Now, they are putting the low Euro to work. Starting in May 2013, Toyota will ship its Toyota Yaris from Toyota’s Onnaing-Valenciennes plant in France to the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.
The cars will be built to North American specs, with a 1.5-liter gasoline engine, automatic transmission, will have FMVSS compliant bumpers, et al. Those who expect the hybrid Yaris exported from Europe will be disappointed.
“Only petrol versions of Yaris will be exported to North America,” a Toyota spokesman said. The annual export volume is planned at around 25,000 units.