Small-volume products have popped onto the agenda at several of the transplants' manufacturing sites. Last month, Toyota Motor Corp. revealed plans to produce a gasoline-electric hybrid version of the Camry in Georgetown, Ky., in 2006. Georgetown churns out about 350,000 Camrys a year. Production of the hybrid model will be under 50,000. BMW Manufacturing Corp. in Spartanburg, S.C., will build a spinoff of the X5 SUV next year. The model is referred to so far only as a "space-functional concept." It will use the X5 platform but have a different body and nameplate designation. Honda Motor Co.'s East Liberty, Ohio, plant brought forth the Honda Element in 2003. Next year it will add the CR-V SUV to its mix. Honda's Marysville, Ohio, plant, while keeping up with demand for more than 7,000 Accords a week, is developing an Acura crossover model. The same plant also turns out the Acura TL. Production of that model unexpectedly rose to almost 78,000 last year. Honda's plant in Alliston, Ontario, is building low numbers of the Canadian-market Acura EL, along with the Civic, Honda Pilot SUV and Acura MDX SUV. The plant's newest nameplate, the Ridgeline, is Honda's first pickup. Honda plans to make 50,000 Ridgelines annually but could build as many as 60,000. At Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc. in Lafayette, Ind., small volumes dogged the operation in the 1990s, when it was still a joint venture with Isuzu Motors Ltd. Today the plant is building the Suburu Baja pickup, Legacy sedan and wagon, Outback wagon and new B9 Tribeca sport wagon.
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