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The 2012 Camry will be built in Kentucky and exported to Korea.
The 2012 Camry will be built in Kentucky and exported to Korea. (Toyota)

The general consensus is that Toyota is in an extended funk. Plagued by a number of significant recalls and months-long sales declines, the last few years haven’t been business as usual for the automaker which has fallen from first to third in that same period.

But not all is bad for Toyota. The Camry has been the top-selling car in the United States for twelve of the last thirteen years, a performance that is nothing short of amazing.

And the new Camry just received the highest possible score of five stars overall in crash testing by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). You may recall that the NHTSA has redesigned their testing to be more stringent and closer to a real-world experience.

And even though Toyota is indeed a Japanese company, the Camry, built right in my home state, 70 miles away at the Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky plant in Georgetown, is an American car. It has the highest portion of American-made parts of any car assembled in the United States, besting models from domestic automakers.

The newly redesigned Camry is an extremely important car for Toyota. And it also marks the first time the American-built Camry will be exported from the United State to Asia. 6,000 of them will be built in Kentucky and then shipped to Korea.

“We are pleased with the reaction that the redesigned Camry is receiving from our customers, and the sales success it is having in the U.S. and overseas,” said Yoshimi Inaba, president and COO of Toyota Motor North America. “The export of thousands of Camry vehicles to South Korea is an important development that builds on the great work of our talented U.S. team members as well as our extensive investments across North America to help maintain a strong, stable base of U.S. jobs. We look forward to other opportunities to continue growing exports from our American operations.”