GEORGETOWN, Ky. (Jan. 8, 2014) – With the first steel column now in place, construction is officially underway on the future assembly line of the first U.S.-produced Lexus. Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc. (TMMK) commemorated the milestone earlier today by having members of the company’s leadership team sign the structure.
Filed under: Plants/Manufacturing , Lexus , Toyota The ES is Lexus’ top-selling sedan, but the Japanese luxury marque has never manufactured it outside of Japan. In fact, Lexus has never made any cars in the United States, one of its largest markets worldwide. But that’s about to change. Yesterday, construction began in Georgetown, Kentucky, on the first Lexus assembly line in America, the first concrete (or steel) step in a $360-million expansion of Toyota’s plant in the Bluegrass state that will create 750 new jobs. The expansion was announced last April by chief executive Akio Toyoda at the New York Auto Show . Once the new assembly line gets online in the fall of next year, Toyota plans on building some 50,000 units of the ES each year. Lexus sold a record 72,581 examples of the ES in the United States last year – 30 percent more than the previous year – so Lexus will either have to import some more from overseas or leave some buyers disappointed. Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky (TMMK) also builds the Camry , Avalon and Venza , with a capacity to assembly 500,000 vehicles and 600,000 engines each year. Continue reading Construction of Lexus’ first US assembly line underway Construction of Lexus’ first US assembly line underway originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 09 Jan 2014 14:03:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds .