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2012 Daihatsu Charade – Click above for high-res image

Buyers in Europe who can't stand the thought of going on without the current generation Toyota Yaris need not fret. According to AutoEvolution, the vehicle will soldier on under the Daihatsu banner. While Toyota has made it clear that the vehicle is being replaced with a next-generation interpretation, Daihatsu will continue to sell the Yaris under the Charade banner.

The jokes almost write themselves.

Don't expect to see the full Yaris family cruising the streets of Stuttgart, though. Daihatsu only plans to offer the vehicle in five-door configuration, though there will be two trim levels to pick from. A 99-horsepower 1.3-liter gasoline engine will be the only available power plant, though the company will offer either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic gearbox.

The news comes after Daihatsu announced that the company was retreating from the European auto market in 2013. Despite this fact, the automaker says that it plans on working toward the success of the brand with products like the Charade. The vehicle is set to touch down in May of this year.

[Sources: AutoEvolution, LeftLaneNews]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Soo, what the hell is the point? Why not just call it a Toyota? This is the same crap GM does and its just a waste of time.
        • 4 Years Ago
        What's the point? The point is to squeeze some profit out of an older model that might still appeal to people. The costs of the Yaris were paid for a long time ago, so anything additional is gravy.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is something completely normal in europe, all small cars exist along side their older models which become cheaper and appeal to the poor students category and the manufacturer has nothign to lose since that model is still built in third world countries. The cheap old model are most of the time built outside the main factorie. (ex: old clio still built in turkey instead of france)

      The old clio is still on sell along side the new clio. same thing for the fiat punto which is still on sell despite the grande punto and the punto evo. the peugeot 206 is still on sell despite being replaced by the 207 and soon the 208.
      • 4 Years Ago
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah sorry, my attention span after I remembered the pullout story from January died and I didn't read the third paragraph.