|The latest Yaris was introduced in 2012. New Yaris models will be made in France. Photo by Curtis Reesor|
A little less than a year ago we reported that Toyota's Yaris models bound for North America would have a production shift from its factory in Japan to a factory in France. Well, that has officially happened, and French made Yaris models are on their way to dealerships in the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico.
This marks the first time in Toyota's history that it has offered European-made vehicles to the North American market. This was done due to the current Japanese Yen exchange rates that make it difficult to turn a profit on small Japanese-manufactured vehicles.
Of course, the big question will be whether or not there will be a difference in build quality; that will remain to be seen.
FYI, I believe the last French-made car sold in the United States was the 1991 Peugeot 405 and 505. Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong.