Lexus has just commenced production in the United States marking a significant milestone and a first for the Japanese automaker.
Lexus began offering its models for sale in the U.S. way back in 1989 but it hasn’t been until now that the company has built cars in the U.S. The production line is found within Toyota’s Kentucky plant in Georgetown and is initially just producing the 2016 Lexus ES350.
The addition of Lexus production to the Georgetown plant comes in the back of $360 million in investment in the previous two and a half years. Though that investment, a new assembly line capable of building 50,000 vehicles a year has been opened while also providing750 additional jobs.
Discussing the milestone, Toyota Motor Manufacturing president in Kentucky, Wil James said “This is really a proud moment for us and brings us full circle. To be the first wholly owned plant, building the number one best-selling car in America, the Camry, for 13 years in a row, and then to be selected to build the first Lexus is truly a tribute to our team members.”