The move is part of a rapid ramp-up of exports from the U.S. by the world's largest automaker which already ships vehicles from the States to markets as diverse as Europe and Asia. And Toyota isn't alone: a growing number of its competitors are also using the U.S. as an export base to take advantage of the weak dollar — and their expanding North American production networks.
"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."
Toyota earlier this year began shipping its Venza crossover from the U.S. to Russia and the Ukraine and last year added several American-made products to its line-up in South Korea. That is likely to push its total exports to a new record in 2013 after hitting a previous high last year. In fact, 2012 saw exports rise 45% to 124,000 with U.S.-made Toyotas shipped to 21 global markets.
Japan's second-largest automaker also has growing plans for U.S.-made models. Part of Nissan's $5 billion investment program in the Americas is earmarked for the expansion of U.S. exports. With the recent shipment of U.S.-made Pathfinders to Australia and New Zealand, Nissan currently counts 61 global export markets. It says that will jump to as many as 119 next year when the Canton, Mississippi plant becomes the global source for the Nissan Murano.
About 12% of Nissan's U.S. capacity was earmarked for export in 2012. That is expected to approach 14% this year and continue to grow, the maker said.
Japanese makers aggressively ramped up export plans in recent years as a hedge against the strong yen, which made it increasingly difficult to use the Japanese home market as a global manufacturing base. But even with the yen sharply declining in value in recent months, Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn said the maker won't reverse course and will continue to increase the use of the States for export production.
Part of the reason is new free trade agreements Washington has inked with, among other nations, South Korea.
Honda exported more than 100,000 vehicles to markets outside of North America last year, and every Honda auto plant in North America now builds at least some cars and trucks for export, including operations in Ohio, Alabama and Indiana. Exported models go to 40 different countries and include the Honda Civic, Accord, CR-V, Pilot, Odyssey, Crosstour and Ridgeline, along with the Acura ILX, TL, RDX and MDX.
German makers, trying to cope with the high cost of manufacturing in their own home market, have increased exports from the U.S. sharply as well. As much as half of the M- and G-Class vehicles assembled at the Mercedes-Benz plant near Birmingham, Alabama, are earmarked for markets outside North America. When the next-generation Mercedes C-Class launches at the expanding facility it is expected to join the export list.
"In the future, we will have more competition between plants," Daimler AG Board Member Thomas Weber said earlier this year, noting that even U.S.-made Mercedes engines will likely be used on assembly lines around the world.
BMW's plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina, produces over 1,000 vehicles each day and is the exclusive global supplier of X3, X5 and X6 Sports-Activity Vehicles. The Spartanburg plant is expected to produce more than 300,000 vehicles this year and will export approximately 70% of those vehicles to more than 130 countries.
Ironically, Detroit manufacturers have been lagging on the export front but there are signs that is changing, with all three increasing their tallies. Chrysler has been especially aggressive, in large part because of its expanding relationship with Italian partner Fiat. Sergio Marchionne, who serves as CEO for both makers, has been trying to rationalize the Fiat/Chrysler global footprint. That means a worldwide market for U.S.-made Jeeps, while products such as the Chrysler 300 sedan will be shipped to Europe and sold there under the Lancia badge.
Exports from the U.S. lag well behind those of the country's neighbor to the South, however. Mexico is quickly becoming one of the industry's largest export bases due to a variety of factors that include low wages as well as the wide range of free trade agreements the Mexican government has negotiated.
Audi, Volkswagen, Mazda, Honda and Mercedes are all in the process of opening new plants in Mexico, and the potential for large-scale exports played a critical role in the planning for each of those new facilities. Nissan, for one, exported 268,219 vehicles from Mexico last year to markets outside North America — more than seven times the total it shipped from its U.S. assembly plants.
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Thanks for continuing to support US auto manufacturing and directly, and indirectly, supplying paychecks to a million US citizens! Kudos to you for deciding to export more US made vehicles instead of exporting them from someplace else. Thanks as well for the flawless operation of my last four Toyota's, not a single penny spent on repairs for any of them. I work hard for my money, as do many Americans, and really appreciate not having to spend money on repairs.
MSN Autos, you really stink for deleting my comment! I didn't violate any terms at all. Some bitter domestic brand loving people must have been behind that delete. Anyways, the following is in response to Ricers_Stink's rabid remarks about my praise and love for Toyota. Ricer's comments are in quotes, followed by my responses. Enjoy!
Hi Mr. Ricer! Glad to see you too!
Let's address today's topics, shall we?
"Unlike you, I also understand the concept of fair trade and the like and we obviously do not have that with Japan, who are allowed to sell all the cars they want to over here, yet won't allow us to do the same."
Ok, stop right there. This is the same-old tired worn-out argument that's been used since the 1980's. The Japanese commercial auto industry is only half as old as ours, so naturally, you would want to protect your newly budding car industry with restrictive trade practices. Don't like their unfair trade practices? Then don't buy their products. Simple as that. If Detroit (aka Ghosttown) didn't produce crappy vehicles, then this point would be moot. If American cars were that much better, then all this Japanese "junk" would have never gained a foothold on American soil AT ALL and all you would see would be American cars and satisfied American buyers. Also, the shoe would be on the other foot as Japanese citizens would pressure their government and demand the removal of such restrictive trade practices and allow in the "better" American makes to satisfy customer demand. Supply and demand. Simple really.
"Have fun with your Tolieta....sell-out."
My toilet works just fine, thank you very much! And it's made in the USA too! I also have lot of WORRY-FREE fun with my Toyota too!
"Oh, I see you are also one of those who hate unions, no matter what. You do realize that Toyota is unionized in Japan? "
Unions were necessary at one time, and in some cases still necessary. I hate unions who put out crappy service or products, like the UAW. But to be fair, the UAW, shouldn't take all the blame here. They are a byproduct of a failed business model from top to bottom. And if it is a failed business model, then it should be allowed to FAIL -- from the stubborn execs at the top to the lazy overpaid workers at the bottom, with the end result being an overhyped product.
"In fact, over 90% of their workforce in the world is unionized"
Funny how the fat, lazy, greedy UAW thugs couldn't penetrate Toyota or BMW here in the States. Boy, they sure did try though! But they failed, just like their failed products!
As for the factories in Canada and Mexico, I'm sure there are many satisfied Canadian and Mexican Toyota drivers as well. No hypocrisy at all.
Frosty, your are just plain ignorant..
NBC NEWS: 9/27/13 Today
Here are the facts people.
Toyota is recalling more then 615,000 Sienna minivans in the United States due to a problem with the shift lever that could result in unexpected rollaways.
Meanwhile, Nissan is recalling about 100,000 Infiniti.
The Sienna recall is just the latest in a series of recalls involving a variety of TOYOTA vehicles this month. In all, nearly 2 million vehicles sold in the U.S. alone have been involved. TOYOTA has had more vehicles involved in safety-related recalls THEN ANY OTHER manufacturer during four of the last five years. It is on track to be at or near the top of the list again in 2013, vying for that dubious achievement against Honda, which also recalled several million vehicles this year for a variety of problems.
And the hits just keep on coming folks!
American manufacturers outsourcing = bad. Japanese manufacturers outsourcing = good.
You can't make this stuff up.
In a IIHS new study, GM`s ATS and SRX (with Driver Assist Package) receive highest possible rating for helping drivers avoid crashes.
Toyota failed in this category and is one of the only to do so even though they claimed differently (lied) ...this is a fact...anybody surprised?
Again I`ll let the facts stand alone.
Source: MSN NEWS 9/27/13 Today
"TOYOTA has had more vehicles involved in Safety-Related Recalls THEN ANY OTHER manufacturer during FOUR of the last FIVE years."
Just ask frosty for referrals & advise on "Lemon Laws, Liability & Litigation Attorney's and his favorite Toyota service advisor.
frosty says..." "Toyota`s dependability", "cost of ownership" and "resale value"
Let`s break this down shall we...Lets start with dependability. TOYOTA has had more vehicles involved in Safety-Related Recalls among others THEN ANY OTHER manufacturer during FOUR of the last FIVE years. Million upon Millions in recalls and failures as well as BILLIONS...that's with a B folks in fines. This is fact folks! Toyota`s record setting recalls and track record doesn't...well let`s just say dependability isn't the first thing that comes to mind.
Two...cost of ownership. Ask yourselves how much it will cost you in repairs that Toyota isn't forced to fix in recalls, as well as your time spent without a vehicle or sitting in the Toyota service department watching The Jerry Springer Show, that is if your time is worth money.
And third, simply put, resale value is always based on perception, with all of Toyota`s poor engineering, recalls, failures, fines and deceptions resale value will only continue to become weak.
Now go straight to your room frosty...lights out!