Lexus is marketed in more than 70 countries around the world and was first introduced in North America in the late 1980s.
Despite its popularity, some consumers may not know Lexus’ origins or where it builds its cars, crossovers and SUVs today.
In this post, we’ll provide an overview of Lexus’ history, where it was first incorporated and where its plants are located. This post will focus on the Lexus plants that serve the North American market, although many of the luxury brand’s plants serve the globe.
Where is Lexus From?
Lexus, which is Toyota’s luxury brand, was founded in Toyota, Aichi, Japan and has its headquarters in Nagoya, Aichi, Japan.
Lexus was developed around the same time that Nissan and Honda were working on setting up their respective luxury brands – Infiniti and Acura. The Japanese government had imposed vehicle export restrictions at the time, so it made more sense for the country’s domestic brands to use what little export allocation they had to ship out more expensive and more profitable vehicles.
Toyota developed the first Lexus vehicle, the LS 400, under the ‘F1′ project codename and later debuted the car at the 1989 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The LS 400 was an immediate success, slightly surpassing investors’ expectations for sales in 1989. In 1990, which was Lexus’ first full year of sales, the brand sold an impressive 63,594 units between its two models at the time, the LS 400 and ES 250. The lineup grew with the GS 300 in 1993 and the LX 450 SUV in 1996.
Where is Lexus Made?
Lexus vehicles are mostly built in Japan, however, it does operate two plants in North America as well, serving the Canadian and U.S. markets.
Toyota Tahara Plant – Tahara, Aichi, Japan
- Lexus LS
- Lexus GS
- Lexus IS
- Lexus GX
- Lexus RC
Toyota Yoshiwara Plant – Toyota, Aichi, Japan
- Lexus LX
Toyota Motor Kyushu – Miyawaka, Fukuoka, Japan
- Lexus UX
Toyota Miyata Plant – Miyawaka, Fukuoka, Japan
- Lexus IS
- Lexus ES
Toyota Motomachi Plant – Toyota, Aichi, Japan
- Lexus LC
Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada, Inc. – Cambridge, Ontario
- Lexus RX 350
- Lexus RX 450h
Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky, Inc. – Georgetown, Kentucky
- Lexus ES350