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Toyota to spend $803 million in Indiana to build new SUVs

Toyota Motor said Wednesday it will spend $803 million and bring 1,400 jobs at an Indiana assembly plant for building two new larger sport utility vehicles (SUVs).

The Japanese automaker refused to tell if the eight-passenger vehicles would be an electric, hybrid, or traditional gasoline-powered vehicles, but said one is going to be a Lexus model.

Both will also include a semi-automated driving system enabling periods of hands-free driving, the automaker said.

The automaker currently builds Sienna minivans and Highlander SUVs in Indiana and has hired more than 7,000 people at its Princeton, Indiana plant.

The company said in February it will reveal two new electric vehicles that will go on sale by 2020 in the United States. Toyota said one of the new EVs in 2022 will be an SUV.

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