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NAGOYA, May 16 (Kyodo) — Toyota Motor Corp. said Thursday it started manufacturing the Yaris compact car at its French factory for export to North America.

Toyota began producing the North American-bound Yaris, known in Japan as the Vitz, at the factory of Toyota Motor Manufacturing France S.A.S. in Onnaing near the city of Valenciennes. It will be the first export of European-assembled models to North America.

Toyota has spent 10 million euros to set up a new production line at the French factory. Toyota plans to export 25,000 units a year to North America.

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