For years Detroit automakers carped about the low value of the Japanese yen versus the U.S. dollar, but these days, the opposite is true. The yen has rocketed up in value versus the dollar, and Japan's automakers are taking significant measures to mitigate its bottom-line-killing effects. In October Toyota demanded lower prices from its Japanese supply base, and now the Camry will be built in the U.S. and shipped overseas.

Toyota notes in the post-jump press release that it will build 6,000 Toyota Camry units in Georgetown, Kentucky and ship the units to Korea. The massive Georgetown plant employs nearly 7,000 employees working around the clock. This marks the first time Toyota will export the American-made Camry, yet Toyota isn't new to U.S. exports. The automaker exports 100,000 vehicles built in the U.S. annually, shipping them to 19 countries.

The announcement is likely an exciting one for workers at the Georgetown plant, and Toyota feels more exports could be forthcoming. Toyota's North America President, Yoshimi Inaba, states "we look forward to other opportunities to continue growing exports from our American operations." Hit the jump to read over the press release.
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Toyota to Export U.S.-Assembled Camry to South Korea
Toyota's Kentucky Plant Will Fill Increased International Demand for Redesigned 2012 Model



December 5, 2011 – New York, N.Y. – Toyota today announced plans to export U.S.-assembled Camry sedans to its distributor in South Korea. Camry exports to South Korea are initially forecasted at approximately 6,000 units annually.
These Camry vehicles will be produced by team members at Toyota's manufacturing plant in Georgetown, Ky. The plant is Toyota's largest manufacturing facility outside of Japan, employing nearly 7,000 team members directly and creating nearly 20,000 additional jobs with vendors and suppliers in Kentucky and other states.

The Toyota Camry has been the top selling car in America for 13 of the past 14 years and a best-selling vehicle around the world. This is the first time the U.S.-assembled Camry will be exported outside of North America. The vehicles are scheduled to arrive in South Korea beginning in January.

Toyota began exporting U.S.-assembled vehicles in 1988. These exports increased 30% in calendar year 2010 to approximately 100,000 units. Toyota now exports U.S.-assembled vehicles to 19 countries around the world. The company began exporting Indiana-made Sienna minivans to South Korea last month.

Other exports include the Kentucky-produced Avalon sedan, the Indiana-produced Sequoia SUV and the Texas-produced Tacoma and Tundra pick-up trucks.

"We are pleased with the reaction that the redesigned Camry is receiving from our customers, and the sales success it is having in the U.S. and overseas," said Yoshimi Inaba, president and COO of Toyota Motor North America, Inc. "The export of thousands of Camry vehicles to South Korea is an important development that builds on the great work of our talented U.S. team members as well as our extensive investments across North America to help maintain a strong, stable base of U.S. jobs. We look forward to other opportunities to continue growing exports from our American operations."

Camry exports to South Korea will ship from the Port of Hueneme, near Oxnard, Calif.

About the Toyota Camry

The Toyota Camry has been the best-selling car in America for nine years running and 13 of the last 14 years. Since it was introduced in 1983, more than 8.5 million vehicles have been sold in the U.S. and 15 million worldwide. For the past three years, the Camry has also been named the "Most American Car" in Cars.com's annual American Made Index. Designed to meet the needs of the 21st century driver, the 2012 Camry, which went on sale this fall, provides technologically advanced features, a contemporary design inside and out, improved performance and fuel efficiency, and a refined ride and handling.

The Camry is produced at Toyota's manufacturing plant in Georgetown, Ky. as well as at Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. in Lafayette, Ind.

On December 1, Toyota announced that the Camry and Camry Hybrid led sales of Toyota's passenger cars in the U.S. in November with combined monthly sales of 23,440 units, an increase of 8.5 percent over the year-ago month on a daily selling rate (DSR) basis.


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      ShadowVlican
      • 3 Years Ago
      lol toyota... trying to convey sportiness with that front bumper... you're not fooling anyone.. oh wait.
      Renaurd
      • 3 Years Ago
      That is one ugly ass car, wonder who decided a cow catcher on the front would look good.
        Goahead
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Renaurd
        Fortunately I have to agree with you. Recently Japanese automakers are creating some not too good looking cars lately. New Honda Civc, blah(I LOVE Honda, owned 5 so far in my life). And this Camry is the ugliest mainstream family car this year. It's even uglier than the butt ugly Chrysler 300! Of course in this website, people give you negative thumbs for posting honest opinions, probably from Carmy owners. That front facia looks like the Darth Vader with a strange grin.
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      Mobis21
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why is it good news that a foreign owned company is re-exporting its products to another foreign country? Do most not realize that profits from foreign owned corporations end up back in their own home country or what ever their holding corporation setup to profit these type of companies. This does nothing in the way of expanding our economy or returning profits back to the U.S.
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        ChrisD
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Mobis21
        It does help our country, It gives Americans JOBS and the ability to earn a living. Or whole economy depends on people working. People who aren't working aren't helping anybody including themselves. Less unemployed people means less tax money going to welfare/unemployed benefits. Would you rather have Toyota employ someone else?
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        Dean
        • 3 Years Ago
        It wouldn't hurt for Toyota to make all of their cars a little more exciting (visually), and a little more engaging to drive...
      whofan
      • 3 Years Ago
      I can`t believe how suttle changes really improved the looks of the Camry. The Camry is now no longey an ugly duckling. Shame how the Honda Accord became what it is now. The Honda Accord was once one of the nicer looking cars on the road.
      Lunch
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks like a giant Corolla to me.
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      phillip
      • 3 Years Ago
      untill the koreans make it illigel to import the camrys from the us i'll give it 6 months
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @phillip
        They should make it illEgAl for some people to own a computer if they have bad grammar skills.
        sanmusa
        • 3 Years Ago
        @phillip
        The US signed a trade agreement that makes sure lots of US imports are allowed into Korea at lower import rates. Cars, beef and rice are some of the main products on the table. And you are a bigoted idiot who can't write.
      kevsflanagan
      • 3 Years Ago
      While yes a Toyota, hearing that a plant in the US will have more work is great news love or hate the company.
      Duane
      • 3 Years Ago
      i like to slap this in the face of these so called "buy GM or Ford" ignorant fanbois out there!!!! The Camry - TRULY AMERICAN MADE and wait so are the Honda Odysseys!!!!
        c.schumacher
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Duane
        Completely inappropriate, as this is December 7th, "a day that will forever live in infamy". Should be slap a japologist fanboi day.
      donnieorama
      • 3 Years Ago
      As our economy crashes, we'll become the Mexico of the world--cheap car manufacturing for everybody!
      oRenj9
      • 3 Years Ago
      The U.S. has been a cheap labor dumping ground for Europe for a while now. I guess it was just a matter of time before U.S. labor became cheap compared to the Asian Tigers.
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