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Akio Toyoda Announces Lexus ES 350 Will Be Built in the U.S.

         Akio Toyoda Announces Lexus ES 350 Will Be Built in the U.S.

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, April 19, 2013

NEW YORK, April 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Akio Toyoda and several senior Toyota
executives announced today that for the first time, a Lexus vehicle will be
produced in the United States. The Lexus ES 350 will be assembled at Toyota
Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky (TMMK) in 2015.

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The move will generate 750 new jobs. To support the new dedicated assembly
line, Toyota will invest $360 million in the Georgetown plant. About 50,000
Lexus vehicles a year will be produced, bringing the plant's total annual
production capacity to more than 550,000 vehicles. It will be the first time
the ES will be assembled outside of Japan.

About Toyota
Toyota (NYSE:TM) established operations in North America in 1957 and currently
operates 14 manufacturing plants. There are more than 1,800 Toyota, Lexus and
Scion dealerships in North America which sold over 2.3 million vehicles in
2012. Toyota directly employs nearly 39,000 people in North America and its
investment here is currently valued at more than $24.5 billion, including
sales and manufacturing operations, research and development, financial
services and design. Toyota's annual purchasing of parts, materials, goods and
services from North American suppliers totals nearly $30 billion. Toyota
currently produces 12 vehicles in North America, including the Avalon, Camry,
Corolla, Highlander, Matrix, RAV4, Sienna, Sequoia, Tacoma, Tundra, Venza and
the Lexus RX 350. For more information about Toyota, visit www.toyota.com or
www.toyotanewsroom.com.

About Lexus
Lexus launched in 1989 with two luxury sedans and a commitment to pursue
perfection. Since that time, Lexus has expanded its line-up to meet the needs
of global luxury customers. In every vehicle, Lexus incorporates innovative
technologies, high-quality designs and luxury materials. With numerous models
featuring Lexus Hybrid Drive, Lexus is the luxury hybrid leader and is
dedicated to developing vehicles that are kinder to the Earth. Lexus' current
vehicles incorporate outstanding driving dynamic characteristics and feature a
new design language that includes a spindle grille and distinctive lights,
creating a signature look and feel for the luxury brand. In the United States,
Lexus models are sold through 232 dealers who are committed to exemplary
customer service.

Contact: Javier Moreno, 212-715-7469, javier_moreno@toyota.com



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