Toyota will start to export U.S.-built Venza vehicles to Russia and Ukraine in 2013. Toyota already holds the title of being the all-time top exporter. In 2012, its exports had a 45% increase over the previous year with over 124,000 U.S.-assembled vehicles shipped to 21 global markets. Shigeki Terashi, president and COO of Toyota Motor North America, Inc., said that the company is “proud” that Toyota’s U.S. manufacturing operations continue to expand as a major supplier of vehicles for worldwide markets.
He said that this success can be attributed to its team members’ “dedication and high-quality work.” He anticipates that Toyota’s U.S. manufacturing base will be strengthened further with the export of Venza vehicles to Russia and Ukraine.
As soon as production starts this April, Toyota estimates that it will be able to export about 5,000 Venza vehicles to Russia and Ukraine in the first year of sales. Toyota’s Georgetown, Ky. plant will assemble these vehicles.
Toyota has invested $6 billion in this plant, which holds about 6,600 team members. This plant in Georgetown is Toyota’s biggest manufacturing facility outside of Japan. Venza units are exported to Russia and Ukraine will ship from Brunswick, Georgia.
Toyota Venza features an aerodynamic shape with a forward A-pillar, short overhangs, a low roofline, and crisp character lines. Meanwhile, brushstroke lines run continuously from the car's front grille to its D-pillar. Moreover, the Venza's bold front end showcases a unique grille, fog lamps, and headlights for a sporty but refined look.
Completing the Venza's confident and sophisticated appearance is its spoiler, angled rear hatch, and broad wraparound taillights that are interconnected with its hatch door. Tire-to-body gaps are tight, contributing to the car's sophisticated and refined appearance.
Venza's design is very practical, featuring a low rear load-in height. The car also possesses a generously sized liftgate opening that enhances its utility. Plus, it has a power liftgate with integrated jam protection that can detect obstruction in the path of the door and therefore reverse the motor. Furthermore, the Venza has a low step-over height to provide improved ergonomics. Also, because the rocker panels are covered by the closed doors, occupants are protected from the road-dust as they get in and out of the car.
What's more, the Venza's interior has been designed for enhanced driving enjoyment and for premium comfort. You can choose from three available interior colors: Light Gray, Black, and Ivory. The black is new for the 2013 edition. For the LE version, each of these three colors is also offered in fabric while for the XLE and Limited versions, it is offered in leather.