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Toyota Motor Corp. said Friday that one of its U.S. factories has begun manufacturing automatic transmission systems for use in its Camry cars and other motor vehicles.

It is the first time Toyota has made automatic transmission systems overseas. Previously, they were exported for use in vehicles assembled overseas.

The plant, based in Buffalo, W.Va., has an annual production capacity of 360,000 units.

Starting in 2003, the plant will produce the transmission systems for the RX300 sport-utility vehicle to be assembled at Toyota’s Canadian plant. The RX300 is known in Japan as the Harrier.

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