Toyota Motor Europe says its French unit Toyota Motor Manufacturing France (TMMF) will restart 3-shift operations on Jan. 3 next year, to meet expected demand for the new Yaris subcompact.
TMMF began producing the Yaris, Toyota's best-selling model in Europe, in 2001. Since then, the factory has built almost 2 million cars.
Production is being raised to meet the expected demand for the all-new third generation Yaris, which began production in July this year. Toyota aims to achieve annual sales of 200,000 Yaris vehicles in Europe. A Yaris hybrid is also planned for launch in 2012.
Initially the third shifts will run for 18 months and will create 800 temporary jobs, Toyota says. Any extension of the shifts will depend on future sales, it added.
In addition, TMMF will create 100 permanent jobs by the end of the first quarter next year, bringing to 4,300 the total number of workers it employs.
TMMF has previously employed the three-shift format on two occasions between 2004 and 2010.