The Toyota powertrain plant in Buffalo, West Virginia has made its first six-speed high torque automatic transmission on its new second line.

These transmissions are for the Highlander and 4WD Sienna vehicles and will be shipped to the automaker's assembly plant in Princeton, Indiana. The expansion increases six-speed automatic transmission assembly and machining capacity by 20,000 units per month. Current transmission capacity is 500,000 per year; this new line increases production capacity to 740,000 transmissions per year.

The plant also produces 411,000 I4 engines used in the Corolla and 228,000 V6s for the Highlander, Sienna and (Canadian-built) Lexus RX350.

The plant also manufactures other six-speed automatic transmissions for the Toyota Avalon, Camry, Rav4, Venza and RX350.

Millie Marshall, Toyota West Virginia president said: "This capacity increase helps us meet growing North American demand. Achieving our eighth expansion, clearly demonstrates what our team is capable of - building high quality powertrain products right here in West Virginia."

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