The U.S.-built Camry, the country's best-selling car, is slated to get an aluminium hood in 2018, according to a source familiar with the plans.

Toyota's first foray into aluminium closures in North America will come next year when the 2016 Lexus RX 350 crossover, which is made in Cambridge, Ontario, gets an aluminium hood and liftgate, the source said.

The aluminium sheet for the Camry hood likely will come from a joint venture between Toyota Tsusho Corp., a trading company affiliated with Toyota Motor Corp., and Kobe Steel to produce more aluminium sheet metal in the U.S. Toyota will be among the venture's first customers, several sources confirmed. Production is expected to begin in 2017 and ramp up to full output at the beginning of 2018.

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