By 2014, Toyota Motor Corp. wants to already have started exporting the compact Corolla sedan from the U.S. to 18 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. Toyota said that the production of the Corolla models will be exported starting in April 2014 at a factory in Tupelo, Miss.
In the first year of sales, Toyota expects to export over 7,500 Corolla sedans from the U.S. to Latin America and the Caribbean.
The Toyota Corolla is also built in Canada. According to a Toyota spokesman, plants in Japan, Brazil and Venezuela will continue to be the supplier of Corolla models offered in Latin America and the Caribbean. The Corolla, which is Toyota's best-selling model around the world, was redesigned for the 2014 model year.
Last year, Toyota broke records when it exported over 124,000 U.S.-built vehicles to 21 global markets, about 45% higher than the previous year.
In a statement, Jim Lentz, CEO of Toyota's North America Region, said that Toyota's U.S. manufacturing operations continue to expand as a major supplier of cars and trucks for markets worldwide. He also said that by exporting U.S.-made Corolla sedans to Latin America and the Caribbean, Toyota will be able to solidify its U.S. manufacturing base further.