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Toyota-GM venture mulling output of sport-utility vehicle.

SAN FRANCISCO, July 15 Kyodo

New United Motor Manufacturing Inc. (NUMMI), a joint venture between Japan's Toyota Motor Corp. and General Motors Corp. of the United States, is considering launching a new sport-utility vehicle, NUMMI President Kanji Ishii said Wednesday.

The new sport-utility vehicle would use the platform of the Toyota Tacoma pickup truck which the joint venture produces for the Japanese automaker.

NUMMI officials said the company needs to introduce a sport-utility vehicle because sales of the Tacoma may shrink due to competition from the recently launched the Tundra pickup truck by Toyota's U.S. unit.

The Tundra, which is manufactured by Toyota's plant in Indiana, is bigger than the Tacoma.

The joint venture, established in 1984, is producing the Toyota Corolla and Chevrolet Prizm in addition to the Tacoma.
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Date:Jul 19, 1999
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