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Toyota to build SUVs in Turkey

TOKYO -- Toyota is making a roughly 20 billion yen ($187 million) investment to manufacture new compact sport utility vehicles in Turkey starting in 2016.

     The Japanese automaker will upgrade lines at a factory in the western city of Adapazari. The additional output will total some 100,000 units a year.

     The company hopes to export the vehicles to nearby countries and Asia.

     Both a hybrid and a turbocharged gasoline SUV will be produced. The hybrid will boast the environmentally friendly HV system being used in the new Prius due out in Japan next year.

     The new SUVs, to be smaller than Toyota's RAV4, will be based on the C-HR unveiled at the Paris Motor Show earlier this month.

     Toyota now builds two models at the Turkish factory. It began production of the Corolla compact car there in the summer of last year to tap markets in Israel, Russia, and other relatively close countries. It also produces the Verso minivan, with the European Union market in mind.

(Nikkei)

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