Toyota Motor Corp. announced Thursday it will begin exporting its U.S.-built Corolla sedans to 18 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean beginning in 2014.
The company, which is the world's largest automaker, said production of the export vehicles will begin in April.
The company said the new exports would build upon its all-time record of 124,000 U.S.-assembled vehicles exported 21 global markets during 2012. That record was an increase of 45 percent over the prior year.
Toyota has been expanding its U.S. manufacturing operations in recent years.
In August, the company announced a $90 million expansion at the company's Buffalo plant, which manufactures four-cylinder engines used in Corolla models.
Jim Lentz, chief executive of Toyota's North American Region, said the new export plans would further solidify the company's U.S. manufacturing base.
WVU included in apparel lines
West Virginia University is included in two new collegiate apparel lines being launched this fall.
Collegiate Licensing Company, an IMG College affiliate that handles university licensing, recently announced that Carhartt and G-III Starter will feature WVU-branded items as part of their outerwear clothing lines this year.