Toyota announced plans to begin exporting US-built Sienna vehicles to distributors in South Korea. Sienna exports to South Korea are initially forecasted at approximately 600 units annually.
The Sienna is produced at Toyota’s manufacturing plant in Princeton, IN. This is the first time the vehicle will be exported outside of North America. Shipments are scheduled to begin in early November.
Toyota began exporting US-built vehicles in 1988. These exports increased 30% in calendar year 2010 to about 100,000 units. With the start of these shipments to South Korea, Toyota will now export US-assembled vehicles to 19 countries around the world.
Other export vehicles include the Georgetown, KY-produced Avalon sedan; the Princeton, IN-produced Sequoia SUV; and the San Antonio, TX-produced Tacoma and Tundra pick-up trucks.
Sienna was completely redesigned last year to cater to traditional family van needs while also meeting growing demands for more responsive driving character and onboard “infotainment” technology. The Sienna was designed primarily by Toyota’s Calty Design Research in California and Michigan, developed at Toyota Technical Center in Ann Arbor, Mich., and assembled at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana.