Who Manufactures Lexus?

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What country is Lexus from, and is Lexus owned by Toyota? Yes, Lexus is owned by the Japanese automotive manufacturer — but the two operate separately in many ways. Read on if you’re curious about the founding and history of the Lexus brand, and where each model in the 2020 lineup is produced! We’ll also take a closer look at which factories make the genuine Lexus accessories used by Lexus technicians at your Voorhees-area dealership. Questions about new and pre-owned Lexus models on our lot in Mt. Laurel? Connect with the Lexus of Cherry Hill team today.

What Country is Lexus From?

What country is Lexus from originally? If you guessed Japan, that’s correct. The first Lexus models were produced in the Chūbu and Kyūshū, and in this way Lexus has stayed close to its Toyota roots. In fact, Lexus didn’t build any cars outside of Japan until opening its Ontario, Canada plant in 2003. So what country is Lexus from in 2020? While production is still based in Japan, certain models are currently built in Canada and the US:

  • Kitakyushu, Japan — CT, HS, and RX
  • Miyawaka, Japan — ES, IS, RX, NX, and UX
  • Susono, Japan — SC
  • Tahara, Japan — LS, GS, IS, GX, RX, and NX
  • Toyota City, Japan — ES, LX, LFA, and LC
  • Cambridge, Ontario, Canada — RX and RXh
  • Georgetown, Kentucky, USA — ES

Is Lexus Owned by Toyota?

It may be Toyota who manufactures Lexus models, but the two automakers are headquartered separately. Toyota headquarters are in Toyota City, Japan; Lexus headquarters are in Nagoya, Japan. Separate centers for design, engineering, and manufacturing mean that Lexus operates independently of Toyota in many ways. Below, we’ll look at some key turning points in the Lexus brand history:

  • 1983 — Toyota begins Project F1 Flagship One (or Project F1) in response to a challenge from chairman Eiji Toyoda. The goal? Build the world’s best car. Project F1 continued for several years, and involved studies on the tastes and lifestyles of wealthy Americans.
  • 1989 — The completion of Project F1 results in the launch of Lexus, a new luxury brand under the Toyota monker. Focusing on luxury exports for international markets, Toyota built a network of 81 Lexus dealerships in the United States.
  • 1989 — The Lexus LS 400 debuts at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, taking the luxury sedan market by storm. Automotive critics are impressed with its powerful 4.0L V8 gasoline engine, sporty performance and aerodynamics, and beautifully appointed interior.
  • 2019 — Surviving the ups and downs of recessions over the years, Lexus sells its ten millionth vehicle.

Explore the 2020 Lexus Lineup in Mt. Laurel 

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