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Old 04-18-13, 03:49 PM   #16
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Probably a fluff event. I'd be very surprised if any real new product is announced or shown.
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Old 04-18-13, 04:19 PM   #17
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Hopefully the quality of the ES isn't diminished in the transition to being made in Kentucky instead of Japan
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Old 04-18-13, 05:19 PM   #18
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Lexus ES 350 to be Manufactured in Kentucky
Posted by krew on April 18th, 2013



According to various media reports, Lexus will begin manufacturing the ES 350 at the Georgetown plant in Kentucky — here are the details from Reuters:

Toyota Motor Corp. has been offered $146.5 million worth of tax breaks from the State of Kentucky to add production capacity at its Georgetown plant where, a company source told Reuters on Thursday, it will build the Lexus ES from 2015.

The Georgetown facility will eventually produce as many ES cars as Toyota sells in the U.S. and Canada, which last year added up to 59,000 cars, the source said. The ES hybrid variant will still be made exclusively in Japan, he added.

The tax incentives being offered by Kentucky would be spread over 10 years on an estimated investment of $531 million, creating 750 new jobs, according to a copy of the preliminary approval.

This marks the first time that a Lexus has been built in the USA — the official announcement is expected tomorrow at a press conference with Toyota president Akio Toyoda and North America CEO Jim Lentz.

One other key fact that was revealed by the Nikkei newspaper in Japan:

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The automaker plans to produce new Lexus models at the Kyushu plant to maintain domestic production of 3 million cars annually. The company is also planning to build a compact SUV, currently under development, at the factory. It aims to launch the new SUV next year.
http://lexusenthusiast.com/2013/04/1...d-in-kentucky/
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Old 04-18-13, 06:55 PM   #19
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If this is true it happened a lot quicker than some of us thought.
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Old 04-19-13, 02:24 AM   #20
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If this is true it happened a lot quicker than some of us thought.
well, in 2 years really :-).

Akio is working fast.
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Old 04-19-13, 02:59 AM   #21
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Smart move. Heightens their 'American' appeal and adds jobs. I didn't think it'd be a Lexus announcement but it was.
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Old 04-19-13, 06:39 AM   #22
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Wow ES it is. This has to be a big huge win for America, the highest quality auto brand believing they can maintain that quality here. Might be some serious positive PR for Toyota/Lexus.

I also wonder will this raise awareness of which luxury cars are made here. BMW is going to build the new X4 at their plant and Acura is moving the MDX from Canada to Alabama.

http://pressroom.lexus.com/releases/...?view_id=39709

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Old 04-19-13, 07:24 AM   #23
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This could mean a price reduction for ES350 cars sold in USA and Canada.

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Though I reckon that the quality may not be as good as the ones manufactured in Kyushu, Japan.
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Old 04-19-13, 07:37 AM   #24
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This could mean a price reduction for ES350 cars sold in USA and Canada.

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Though I reckon that the quality may not be as good as the ones manufactured in Kyushu, Japan.
I don't think so on the list pricing.That will depends on the sale numbers and discounting.I do agree with the build quality.
The first RX350's built in Canada had some issues.

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Old 04-19-13, 07:43 AM   #25
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This could mean a price reduction for ES350 cars sold in USA and Canada.
I doubt that. My wife's CR-V was made in Japan and there was no price difference between it and the CR-V's made in the US. I wonder if Lexus will still import the ES to supplement the US built versions, like Honda does.
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This just in! Akio Toyoda announces the ES 350 will be assembled in the U.S. starting in 2015.

http://bit.ly/14BE96Z

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Toyota to Build Lexus ES 350 at Its Georgetown, Kentucky Plant

Investing $360 million and creating 750 new jobs to produce 50,000 vehicles annually starting in 2015

Latest in series of investments totaling $2 billion over last 17 months to expand North American production and create more than 4,000 new jobs


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Erlanger, KY, April 19, 2013 – For the first time, a Lexus vehicle will be produced in the United States. The Lexus ES 350 will be assembled at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky (TMMK) in 2015, Toyota announced today.

The move will generate 750 new jobs. To support the new dedicated assembly line, Toyota will invest $360 million in the Georgetown plant.

About 50,000 Lexus vehicles a year will be produced, bringing the plant’s total annual production capacity to more than 550,000 vehicles. It will be the first time the ES will be assembled outside of Japan.

“Lexus was founded in the United States, so it is only fitting that we are bringing the production of luxury sedans for our U.S. customers back to where the brand was born,” said Akio Toyoda, president of Toyota Motor Corporation. “Today’s announcement is a major step in our Global Vision to make ever better cars and trucks, give regions greater autonomy to make the products their customers want and achieve sustainable growth globally.”

“Since its arrival here in 1986, the impact Toyota has had on Kentucky has been immeasurable, and the addition of Lexus production only adds to that enduring legacy,” said Governor Steven Beshear of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. “The establishment of production for the Lexus ES 350 will afford Kentucky a tremendous opportunity to expand and strengthen its vast supplier base, creating even more growth potential in the future. Kentucky is proud of the confidence Toyota continues to demonstrate in our vibrant and skilled workforce as they prepare to make a vehicle model that, like them, has earned a reputation for high quality.”

Production of the ES 350 at the Georgetown plant is the latest step in Toyota’s continuing strategy to assemble vehicles in the markets where its customers live. Over the past 17 months, the company has announced plans to increase production capacity at its plants in Mississippi, Indiana, West Virginia and Canada, reflecting a cumulative investment of approximately $2 billion that has created more than 4,000 new jobs. Toyota also recently announced executive changes designed to provide regional managers with more local control and a streamlined decision-making structure to help the company deliver superior customer-focused products and services.

“Today’s Lexus ES announcement further strengthens Toyota’s commitment to serving American consumers, growing American production and investing in American team members,” said Jim Lentz, Toyota’s chief executive officer for North America. “We’re extraordinarily proud to have helped create over 365,000 jobs across the country and to produce so many of the industry’s highest quality vehicles right here in the United States. Today, Toyota’s 14 North American plants already produce seven out of every 10 vehicles that we sell in America, and North American-assembled vehicles are now exported to 23 countries around the world.”

Established in January 1986, TMMK is Toyota’s largest manufacturing facility outside of Japan, employing approximately 6,600 people. The plant currently assembles the Toyota Camry, Camry Hybrid, Avalon, Avalon Hybrid and Venza and manufactures 4-cylinder and V6 engines. It has earned 10 Initial Quality Plant Awards from J.D. Power and Associates, including four gold J.D. Power Awards.

In 2012, the plant produced the 25 millionth Toyota vehicle built in North America. Toyota recently committed to boosting production capacity for the 4-cylinder engine at the plant by more than 100,000 units. This $30 million project will create about 80 new jobs.

“The decision to move ES 350 production to Kentucky is a true tribute to the hard work and commitment to excellence of every single Toyota team member at this plant,” said TMMK President Wil James. “We deeply appreciate the tremendous support we have received from our community, from our local suppliers and business partners, and from Governor Beshear and the Commonwealth of Kentucky. We look forward to strengthening further the productive partnership we have built together over the last 25 years.”

The ES is Lexus’s bestselling sedan, with approximately 58,850 vehicles sold in North America in 2012 -- including 56,158 in the U.S. Projections for Toyota’s production volume at the company’s Kyushu plant in Japan have not changed. The company remains committed to building 3 million vehicles per year in Japan, including Lexus models, as previously announced.

Toyoda and Lentz made the Lexus ES 350 production announcement at a press conference prior to a major New York City event showcasing Lexus’s commitment to groundbreaking design and its redoubled focus on creating a global luxury brand experience.
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Toyota Motor Sales Senior vice President of Automotive Operations Bob Carter (left to right), Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky President Wil James, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear and Steve St. Angelo, chief executive officer of Toyota’s Latin American and Caribbean Region, stand with a Lexus ES 350, a vehicle that will be built at the Georgetown, Ky. plant. Senior executives in New York and Kentucky made the production announcement April 19, 2013.
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Great for jobs in the US..

But I do expect that quality will suffer.
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Old 04-19-13, 08:43 AM   #30
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I hope this doesn't mean saying "sayonara" to build quality. Features and price will remain static, the only difference will be Toyota's profit.
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