Toyota has announced plans to export the American-made Corolla south, to 18 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean by 2014. The move follows statements made to The Wall Street Journal by Toyota's South American leader, Steve St. Angelo, that spoke to Toyota's resolve in emerging American markets.

Toyota is expected to begin export production in April, with initial production of 7,500 Corollas in the first year, courtesy of its Tupelo, Mississippi assembly plant. Years of unpredictable swings in the value of the Japanese yen has seen Toyota push its manufacturing operations in other countries, particularly the US, where its builds ten different models.

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Toyota to Export U.S.-Built Corolla to Latin America and the Caribbean
Company to build upon record U.S. exports in 2012

NEW YORK (Sep. 26, 2013) – Toyota today announced that it will begin exporting U.S.-built*Corolla sedans to 18 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean in 2014. These shipments are expected to build upon Toyota's all-time record export of more than 124,000 U.S.-assembled vehicles to 21 global markets in 2012, an increase of 45 percent over the prior year.

"Toyota's U.S. manufacturing operations continue to grow as a key supplier of cars and trucks for global markets, which is only possible thanks to the dedication and high-quality work of our team members here," said Jim Lentz, CEO of Toyota's North America Region, "the export of U.S.-built Corolla sedans to Latin America and the Caribbean will help to further solidify our U.S. manufacturing base."

Once production begins in April 2014, Toyota expects to export more than 7,500 Corolla sedans to Latin America and the Caribbean during the first year of sales. These vehicles will be built at the company's Tupelo, Miss. plant, which employs about 2,000 team members and represents an $800 million investment.

*Toyota vehicles and components are built using U.S. and globally sourced parts.


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      Bobby
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hopefully more production for the US workers, sounds good to me
      Neil
      • 1 Year Ago
      We've become used to Chinese manufacturers copying the styling of Western and Japanese vehicles for a number of years. Is this latest Corolla the first example of a Japanese company copying the styling of a Chinese vehicle? It looks very like SAIC's MG6 saloon, introduced in 2011, which was a fusion of SAIC's 2008 Chinese-market Roewe 550 body with the front end of its hatchback derivative, the 2010 MG6. Compare with http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/52/MG6_MAGNETTE.jpeg
      Porsche4life
      • 1 Year Ago
      Not cool toyota. You even hauled our space shuttle, now you wanna take your business else where. Not cool at all.
        Vien Huynh
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Porsche4life
        How bad is your reading comprehension? I know I can't type a proper sentence but at least I know the cars are made in U.S., by American workers, then EXPORT. It is a good news.
        Cruising
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Porsche4life
        Did you not read the article? Assembled in US exported to other countries. They are not moving plants or anything like that. More work for the US plant workers.
        Dean
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Porsche4life
        I'm wondering how the towing of the shuttle over a bridge (for a short distance - mind you), affects anything...by your reasoning, the Crown Victoria police cars escorting it along the way would have affected the US as well, since they were most likely made in Canada (someone please correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't US production of the CV stopped before the car's discontinuation?).
          Porsche4life
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dean
          Shut up queers
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dean
          [blocked]
          churchmotor
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dean
          LOL at yonomo200 throwing that word around.
        SKINNYwithNOfood
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Porsche4life
        Fail.
          Porsche4life
          • 1 Year Ago
          @SKINNYwithNOfood
          Fail? Really.... So one here misread something before?! Please tell me you Queers!
        Billy Farmer
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Porsche4life
        you don't understand do you, their making them here in the usa then shipping them to latin america to be sold , export means to ship ...
      ryanandrewmartin
      • 1 Year Ago
      They came the closest they've ever come to making the Corolla at least APPEAR sporty but ruined it but huge well gaps and tiny wheels. Could've been Toyotas tC. And yes, before you say it, I realize the tC isn't very sporty but it is far more so than the Corolla.
        Famsert
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ryanandrewmartin
        Despite the "tiny wheels" (those are 17"), it still looks better than half the other compacts out there today. I'd put it in the same group as the Civic, Focus and Forte. The new Mazda3 is by far the best looking and the Elantra is too polarizing. The Sentra just looks like a dump.
          ZOZ
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Famsert
          I am thinking if I can find anything uglier than this in the segment. Well, at least it's better than the current version; bravo Toyota!
          Vien Huynh
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Famsert
          Mazda3 is a hottest hatch out there :D I love the look.
        Dean
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ryanandrewmartin
        While the looks of this car would be helped by larger wheels, low profile tires, and a lowered stance, the crowd buying this car isn't looking for those options, nor would they be likely to drive the car carefully enough (i.e. - avoiding potholes, steep driveways, raised sewer lids, high curbs, etc..) to prevent damage to said components. The larger wheels, and tires, while still durable, are more susceptible to damage than smaller wheels, and tires. I have two European sedans, one with 205/55/16 tires, the other with 255/35/18 tires, and from experience, I do need to be a bit more careful with the car that needs the larger wheel & tire package.
      Billy Farmer
      • 1 Year Ago
      Toyota is starting to win me over somewhat and with this being said I would consider a Toyota, work the USA workers as thats all I care about!
      diffrunt
      • 1 Year Ago
      There is something to be said for minimal brightwork.----nice!
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