Lexus has unveiled its first ever US-built car, 26 years after the brand’s introduction in the country.
Said car, a 2016 ES 350 sedan, rolled off a new assembly line at Toyota’s manufacturing plant in Georgetown, Kentucky before several thousands of factory employees. Before this, every Lexus model has only been produced in Japan, except for the RX SUV, which has been manufactured in Ontario, Canada for the past 12 years.
“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,” said Wil James, president of Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky.
The new assembly line boasts a capacity of 50,000 vehicles per year. 750 new jobs were created, bringing the number to a total of over 7,500 employments. It took Toyota two and a half years to complete the new line, with a total investment of $360 million.