TIANJIN — Toyota Motor Corp. may replace Daihatsu Motor Co. Ltd. in a venture with Tianjin Xiali Automotive Co. Ltd., reports say. Toyota recently gained approval for a US$200 million JV with Tianjin Auto to produce a Vitz/Platz-based small car by 2002. Daihatsu, a subsidiary of Toyota, has had a decade-long technology-transfer agreement with the same Chinese firm. Tianjin Xiali manufactures the Xiali — a Daihatsu-developed, 1.0L Charade-based car, popular as taxi cabs. Toyota officials ...

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