Who Manufactures Lexus?

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Is Lexus owned by Toyota? What country is Lexus from? The luxury vehicle brand Lexus is in fact owned by the Toyota Motor Corporation, which is headquartered in Japan, but in many ways it operates independently from its parent company. Learn more about Lexus origins and manufacturing at Lexus of Chattanooga, then contact your local authorized Lexus retailer to test drive a Lexus near Ooltewah!

Where Are Lexus Models Made?

Lexus vehicles are produced primarily in Japan at plants located in the Chūbu and Kyūshū regions. In 2003, the first Lexus built outside of Japan was the Lexus RX 330 in Ontario, Canada. Here is where the different Lexus models–some of which are not sold in the United States–are manufactured today:

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

When Was Lexus Founded?

While Toyota, which has its origins in the 1920’s, owns the Lexus brand, Lexus got started much later. Lexus operations has its own headquarters in Nagoya, Japan, and it has been operating its own centers for design, engineering, and parts and vehicle manufacturing, since the early 2000’s. Here’s how the luxury brand began:

  • 1983 — Toyota started Project F1 (short for Flagship One) to aim to build the world’s best car, based on a challenge set by chairman Eiji Toyoda.
  • This project lasted several years and included market research in Laguna Beach, California, studying the lifestyles of wealthy Americans.
  • 1989 — Project F1 was finished, resulting in the launch of Lexus, a new luxury brand under Toyota focused on international markets, and a network of 81 new Lexus dealerships in the United States.
  • January 1989 — The Lexus LS 400 debuted at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, with a 4.0L V8 gasoline engine and rear-wheel drive, and its release shook up the luxury sedan market. Critics were impressed by the quality, performance, aerodynamics, comfortable interior, and more.
  • 2019 — After debuting many more vehicles and weathering the storms of international recession and more, the ten millionth Lexus is sold.

Find Your Luxury Car or SUV at Lexus of Chattanooga

If you’re ready to get behind the wheel of a Lexus like the ES 350 model in Lookout Mountain or Manchester, or a used Lexus under $30k, browse our inventory to find a new Lexus for sale, or even a quality used Lexus for sale at Lexus of Chattanooga!


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