Hatchback shoppers, take note: Next year's Toyota Yaris may come from France, Reuters reports. Sacre bleu! Well, not really. Toyota plans to slash Japanese production amid rising energy costs and a stronger yen hurting export revenues, and the Japan-built Yaris is an easy candidate. The automaker already builds the Yaris in France, and an investment of some $10 million, at current exchange rates, will allow 25,000 Yaris annual exports to the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. That suggests a sizable chunk of U.S. sales still will come from Japan; through May, Toyota sold nearly 18,000 here. It also would make for the second U.S. vehicle that's built in France, where the sole U.S. auto export is the Smart ForTwo.
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