Toyota Motor Corp. names Toshiharu Takasu president of its Valenciennes, France, engine and assembly plants. Takasu replaces Hiroaki Watanabe, who is taking a position with Toyota in Japan. Previously, Takasu served as the plant’s senior vice president. The facility opened in 2001, employs 2,000 workers and produces the Yaris small car, which is slated for output of 130,000 units this year. It also began gas and diesel engine production in April.

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