Where are Lexus cars made?


Lexus prides itself on the quality and craftsmanship built into the production of its cars. That much is evident from the mirror-like application of paintwork, the satisfying sound of a door closing, and the attention to detail of the interior. Those qualities were established during development but physically instituted at the manufacturing stage. Which often leads people to wonder where are Lexus cars made. In fact, where is each model constructed? How many manufacturing facilities does Lexus have? And are all of them in Japan?

Lexus currently has award-winning manufacturing facilities in two continents. Below is our list of the five plants, where they are located and what models they produce.

Tahara – Aichi, Japan

Lexus cars made: NX, RC F and LS

The Tahara facility in Japan was our first manufacturing site and has built every generation of LS from its introduction in 1989. Tahara was the first car plant in the industry to introduce a dedicated Customer Satisfaction line, and through its fusing of cutting-edge technology and human craftsmanship is widely regarded as one of the world’s finest car factories. Extending across over four million square metres, it has the benefit of direct port access for efficient shipping.

Kyushu – Fukuoka, Japan

Lexus cars made: UX (hybrid and BEV), NX, ES and RX

Arguably the manufacturing hub for Lexus in terms of volume and model variety, the multi-award-winning Kyushu plant was established in 1991 and is notable for being the first production facility located outside the parent company’s home prefecture of Aichi. Its three separate factories – Miyata, Kanda and Kokura – have a combined area of around 1.8 million square metres. Casting, machining and some sub-assembly work is carried out at Kanda and Kokura, with body construction, painting and final assembly carried out at Miyata.

Motomachi – Aichi, Japan

Lexus cars made: LC and LC Convertible

Where are Lexus cars made?

Motomachi is the second oldest production facility of parent company Toyota and covers an area of 1.6 million square metres. Yet its highly skilled workforce – almost half of which belong to the production engineering division – was chosen to pioneer the use of composite materials in construction and build the Lexus LFA hypercar. The LC continues this pioneering spirit with a specially tailored assembly line that is radically different from those seen in conventional car plants.

Cambridge – Ontario, Canada

Lexus cars made: RX and NX (from 2022)

Where are Lexus cars made?

The multi-award-winning Cambridge facility is split up into South, North and West plants, the South part of which has been building the popular RX model since 2003 and will produce the NX from 2022. Known for its highly skilled and quality-driven workforce, the 1.3 million square metre plant holds the distinction of being the first Lexus manufacturing facility located outside of Japan. Interestingly, team members heading to the assembly line pass through a replica Lexus showroom to remind them of the nature of the vehicle they are building.

Georgetown – Kentucky, USA

Lexus cars made: ES

Where are Lexus cars made: Georgetown, Kentucky, USA Monday October 5, 2015 Photo by Joseph Rey Au

The Kentucky plant is the company’s largest global production facility. More than $7 billion has been invested in the plant as it has grown in size and responsibility, and it now has a total annual production capacity of 550,000 units. Kentucky started producing the popular ES 350 saloon for the North American market in order to take pressure off Kyushu, which continued to produce other ES and ES hybrid models. Since May 2019, however, Kentucky has begun production of the ES 300h with an annual capacity of 12,000 units.

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  1. Hi, where will my Lexus RX L 450h Takumi be built please?
    Also, it will come with front and rear dashcams fitted, but I can’t find out anything about the operation of those either in the manual or on the web.
    Any information will be gratefully received.
    Thank you and regards

    1. Hello Ray,
      Thank you for contacting Lexus.
      The RX is manufactured in the Kyushu Plant in Japan.
      Furthermore, your Lexus Centre would be best placed to advise you on the use of your dashcams.
      We hope this helps.

  2. Hi, just wanted to check on our order for Lexus Rx450h, was told it will arrive Feb.’22, now March 16th but the dealer (Woodford Lexus) said this might change. Just need to know if it’s built or what stage of the process, as we recently disposed of our car based on Feb’22 date.

    1. Hello Gbemisola,
      Thank you for contacting Lexus.
      Your Lexus Centre would be best placed to assist with you this query.

  3. Hi
    Out of interest, can you advise on how long it takes to build an NX, from start to finish, to decide a family debate.
    Thanks in advance

  4. I have just been told that my new NX plug in hybrid will not be delivered in June now & will come in September instead. Even though they showed me a print out of the deliver from you. They are telling me that you have a delay in the manufacturing. Do you have a delay ?

    1. Hello Antony,
      Thanks for your comment.
      Like many other businesses, Lexus are currently experiencing delays in the global supply chain for some of our components and this has unfortunately led to longer delivery times on some of our more popular new vehicles.

  5. I am interested in the forthcoming rz450e when will they start building it and where will they build it I have been a lexus owner for 10 years

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