CHICAGO Toyota Motor
North America Inc. will begin shipping Venza models assembled
at its Georgetown, Ky., plant to Russia and Ukraine this
Toyota last year shipped more
than 124,000 U.S.-built light vehiclesa company
recordto 21 countries, it said. That marked a 45-percent
increase from 2011 levels.
"We are proud that Toyotas
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
Toyotas largest assembly plant outside Japan.