|Type||Division of Toyota|
|Lexus founder||Eiji Toyoda|
|Lexus headquarters||Nagoya, Japan|
|Slogan||The Pursuit of Perfection / Amazing in Motion|
|Lexus official website||www.lexus.com|
Who makes Lexus?
Since the launch of the first car, the LS, in 1989, Lexus has always been a division of Japanese automaker Toyota. The corporate project dates back to 1983, when Toyota’s engineers received a task to develop a premium sedan. For most of the time, Lexus made its cars exclusively in Japan, but now there are two plants in North America.
Where is Lexus made?
The cars are built at five Lexus manufacturing plants on two continents. Three of the plants are located in Japan. The Tahara plant in Aichi Motomachi, is the company’s oldest. Here, LS, LS hybrid, IS, GX, LX, RC, and RC F are assembled. One more plant in Aichi is responsible for constructing such models as GS, GS hybrid, and GS F. It’s the second oldest Lexus manufacturing facility with the area of more than 1.5 million square metres.
The third plant in Japan is Kyushu in Fukuoka. It has been working for 2.5 decades. The production site includes three factories: Miyata, Kanda, and Kokura, whose combined area exceeds 1.7 million square metres. The range of cars made here includes ES, ES hybrid, IS, RX, CT hybrid, NX, and NX hybrid.
As of 2016, the multi-award-winning facility in Cambridge, Canada manufactures the RX and the RX hybrid. On more plant in North America is located in Georgetown, Kentucky. The only Lexus factory in the US manufactures the ES 350 model.
What are the differences between Toyota and Lexus production?
Taking into consideration that Toyota is the parent company of Lexus and the first Lexus vehicles rolled off the assembly line of Toyota’s Tahara plant, one can suggest that Lexus cars are constructed using the same methods and standards as Toyota.
Yet, it’s not exactly true. In fact, the Tahara plant, for instance, had independent assembly lines for Lexus cars, special molds and equipment. Also, the plant’s supervisors developed a completely new set of requirements, which are generally stricter than those used for Toyota models. Cars are more thoroughly scrutinized for Flaws and subjected to individual test drives at high speeds.
How do Lexus plants work?
Would you like to gain an insight on what’s going on at Lexus manufacturing plants and how they are operated? Here’re several interesting facts on the topic.
The production process at all the plants is controlled by a group of people called the Takumi. The group includes 10 master craftsmen who possess extensive experience, skills, and talent in their field. They are responsible for training each technician. Members of the Takumi group establish and maintain a detailed system of car building standards. Could you imagine, for instance, that even such a seemingly simple operation as car painting requires scrutinizing up to 250 points on a single engine part? This is exactly how Takumi train inspectors to check the quality of paint on every Lexus.
Each tech working at a Lexus manufacturing plant is certified every four months. To pass certification, a worker needs to demonstrate and describe in every detail the operations that he is responsible for. All in all, there are over 25,000 such tasks on each Lexus production facility. Every worker is ranked according to these tests. Most of the workers are veteran technicians, with only few applicants accepted.
Materials used at Lexus manufacturing plants
The company is very proud to be the first car maker to use the 3D carbon fiber loom. In comparison with aluminum, which is typically used for such purposes, carbon fiber weighs less and is stronger. However, the usual carbon fiber doesn’t possess some of the qualities required by car production process, so Lexus engineers created a special weave. The use of carbon fiber is one of the most innovative features of the LFA.