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Toyota begins production of 2014 SUV in Indiana

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Toyota says it has begun production of its 2014 Highlander SUV at its plant in southwestern Indiana.

Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana Inc. says because of the Highlander it has invested another $430 million into the automotive plant in Princeton, about 25 miles north of Evansville. Toyota also plans to add 600 more jobs at the factory by the end of 2014.

The plant in Princeton builds a gasoline version of the Highlander and will begin producing a hybrid version early next year. The company said vehicles made in the plant also will be exported to Russia and Australia.

Toyota also makes Sienna minivans and Sequoia SUVs at the Princeton plant, which has about 4,500 employees.

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