Toyota to export U.S. made Camry sedans to South Korea from next month

Japanese automaker Toyota will export U.S. made Camry sedans to South Korea from next month. The plan marks the first time the U.S.-built Camry to be exported outside of North America. The cars will be produced at Toyota’s manufacturing facility in Georgetown, Kentucky, the Japanese automaker’s largest plant outside of Japan. The vehicles are scheduled to arrive in South Korea beginning in January. Toyota will initially export 6,000 Camry to South Korea a year.The Camry has been the top-selling car in the United States for 13 of the past 14 years and one of the world’s best-selling vehicles.

Toyota, which began exporting U.S.-assembled vehicles in 1988, saw those exports leap 30% in 2010 to roughly 100,000 units. Toyota began exporting Sienna minivans made in the state of Indiana to South Korea last month. Toyota now exports U.S.-assembled vehicles to 19 countries around the world. Those exports include the Kentucky-produced Avalon sedan, the Indiana-produced Sequoia sport utility vehicle and the Texas-produced Tacoma and Tundra pick-up trucks.