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Toyota to ship Venza to Russia, Ukraine

Keywords: Tags  Toyota Motor North America, Venza, auto exports, Georgetown plant, Shigeki Terashi, Corinna Petry

CHICAGO — Toyota Motor North America Inc. will begin shipping Venza models assembled at its Georgetown, Ky., plant to Russia and Ukraine this year.

Toyota last year shipped more than 124,000 U.S.-built light vehicles—a company record—to 21 countries, it said. That marked a 45-percent increase from 2011 levels.

"We are proud that Toyota’s U.S. manufacturing operations are continuing to grow as a key supplier of vehicles for global markets," president and chief operating officer Shigeki Terashi said. "We expect the export of Venza vehicles to Russia and Ukraine will help further solidify our U.S. manufacturing base."

Once production begins in April, Toyota expects to ship about 5,000 of the Venza models to Russia and Ukraine in its first year of sales. Georgetown, which employs about 6,600 workers and represents a $6-billion investment, is Toyota’s largest assembly plant outside Japan.

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