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BEIJING, March 8 (Xinhua) -- China South Locomotive and Rolling Stock Corporation Ltd. (CSR) announced that its high-end electric multiple units (EMUs) exported to Malaysia have officially started running in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday.

The EMUs, or modern rail transport vehicles, are independently made by CSR Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive Co. Each set consists of six carriages, and can travel at a maximum speed of 140 km per hour, said a statement on the CSR's website.

The maximum passenger load for each set can reach 1,200 persons, said the statement.

A total of 228 units made by the Chinese company were put into use in Kuala Lumpur, and can substantially strengthen the city's passenger transport capacity, the statement said.

It also said that these EMUs are light and energy-efficient.

In 2010, CSR Zhuzhou Electric Locomotive Co. agreed on a 4-billion-yuan (591.9 million U.S. dollars, based on the exchange rate that time) deal with the Transport Ministry of Malaysia to supply rail vehicles, which are required to be delivered by May 2012.

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