Lexus has started manufacturing vehicles in the US for the first time in its history.
The luxury Japanese company has been present in the country since 1989 but this is the first time it is producing cars there. The first locally produced model is the 2016 ES 350 that will be assembled at Toyota’s Georgetown plant in Kentucky, where 360M USD were invested in the last two and a half years.
Thanks to this investment, a new assembly line has been opened with annual capacity of 50,000 vehicles. 750 new jobs have been created for a total force of over 7,500 employments.
“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,” Wil James, president at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, commented.