The second-generation Toyota Yaris gets its corner modules from Auto Chassis International (ACI), a 6-year-old, fully-owned subsidiary of Renault. It is the first time that Toyota has outsourced modules in the chassis area in Europe.
The Japanese carmaker has spent the last three years working to increase its sourcing in Europe, says Kazuhiko Miyadera, executive vice president Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing Europe.
The Valenciennes plant in France, where the Yaris is built, is among the most compact in the world. Because of the restricted stamping shop, Toyota relies on ThyssenKrupp Sofedit for some body-in-white pieces.
Takata-Petri's optional knee airbag is the first to be offered on a car in the lower-medium segment. In accordance with European Union regulations, antilock brakes are standard in the car. The electronic stability control is an option.
Continental Teves of Germany supplies both the ABS and ESC. The Yaris's five-speed manual transmission is produced in Toyota's plant in Walbrzych, Poland. The car's multimode automated manual transmission comes from Toyota in Japan. The car's gasoline and diesel engines are all assembled in Valenciennes.