CHICAGO Toyota Motor
Corp. has begun exporting American-built Venza crossover
vehicles to its distributor in South Korea, according to Toyota
Motor Sales USA Inc. senior vice president Bob Carter. The
automaker plans to export about 600 Venzas annually.
Shipments from Toyotas
Georgetown, Ky., facilitythe automakers largest
manufacturing facility outside Japanbegan last month,
Carter said. It is the first time the U.S.-built Venza has been
exported outside North America.
The Toyota City, Japan-based
automaker began exporting U.S.-built vehicles in 1988 and now
ships them to 21 countries. Such exports are expected to total
130,000 vehicles this year, a 52-percent increase from 2011 and
an all-time high for the automaker.
The company began exporting
Indiana-assembled Sienna minivans and Kentucky-assembled Camry
sedans to South Korea last year. It also exports the Avalon
sedan and Highlander and Sequoia SUVs from Indiana and Kentucky
and the Tacoma and Tundra pickup trucks produced in Texas.
U.S. exports help to "maintain Toyotas strong, stable
base of U.S. jobs," Carter said. "We look forward to other
opportunities to continue expanding exports from our American