Current versions of the Toyota Yaris hatchback will be replaced in the U.S. market with the hatchback version of the Yaris iA sedan, a rebadged Mazda2 built in Salamanca, Guanajuato, according to Car and Driver, who cited as source Toyota spokesperson Nancy Hubbell.
The rebadged version of the Mazda2 debuted in the U.S. under the Scion iA nameplate as a 2016 model. When the Scion brand was shuttered, the iA was renamed as Toyota Yaris iA, which was sold alongside the outgoing Yaris hatchback, which is built in France. For the 2019 model the Yaris iA was renamed once again now simply as Yaris sedan.
The decision comes after sales of the current Yaris hatchback in the U.S. collapsed to just 1,940 units in 2018, a 78% drop compared to deliveries of 2017.
More details about the 2020 Yaris hatchback will be unveiled at the New York auto show in April.