Who Manufactures Lexus?

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Who manufactures Lexus? What country is Lexus from? If you find yourself asking these questions while you browse our new vehicle inventory, Lexus of Tampa Bay is here to help! Lexus is the luxury vehicle brand owned by the Toyota Motor Corporation. Like Toyota, Lexus is headquartered in Japan, but its vehicles are manufactured around the world so Riverview drivers like yourself can enjoy the luxury that a Lexus vehicle has to offer. Learn more about the Lexus brand with Lexus of Tampa Bay below, or contact our team if you have any questions about the Lexus company or our vehicle lineup.


What Country is Lexus from?

Is Lexus owned by Toyota? Yup! Lexus is owned by the Toyota Motor Corporation and is headquartered in Japan alongside Toyota. Lexus models were primarily built in Japan until 2003, when the Lexus RX 330 was built in Ontario. The Lexus brand has manufacturing plants all over the world producing luxury vehicles for Brandon drivers to enjoy. See some of the locations where different Lexus models – some not available in the United States – are manufactured today:

  • Tahara, Japan — LS, GS, IS, GX, RX, and NX
  • Toyota City, Japan — ES, LX, LFA, and LC
  • Kitakyushu, Japan — CT, HS, and RX
  • Miyawaka, Japan — ES, IS, RX, NX, and UX
  • Susono, Japan — SC
  • Cambridge, Ontario, Canada — RX and RXh
  • Georgetown, Kentucky, USA — ES

When Was Lexus Founded?

While the Lexus brand is owned by Toyota, each brand operates independently of each other. Lexus has its own headquarters in Nagoya, Japan, and operates its own centers for design, engineering, and manufacturing. You can read a brief history of the Lexus brand below:

  • 1983 — Toyota started Project F1 (short for Flagship One) to aim to build the world’s best car, based on a challenge set by chairman Eiji Toyoda.
  • This project lasted several years and included market research in Laguna Beach, California, studying the lifestyles of wealthy Americans.
  • 1989 — Project F1 was finished, resulting in the launch of Lexus, a new luxury brand under Toyota focused on international markets and a network of 81 new Lexus dealerships in the United States.
  • January 1989 — The Lexus LS 400 debuted at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, with a 4.0L V8 gasoline engine and rear-wheel drive, and its release shook up the luxury sedan market. Critics were impressed by the quality, performance, aerodynamics, comfortable interior, and more.
  • 2019 — After debuting many more vehicles and weathering the storms of international recession and more, the ten millionth Lexus is sold.

Test Drive a Lexus Model at Lexus of Tampa Bay

Now that you know more about the Lexus brand and what you can expect when you visit our Tampa dealership, come by for a test drive! Our friendly staff is happy to help you find the right Lexus model for your daily drives, and we’ll even help you find the right financing plan for your budget. Visit us today, and soon you’ll be driving through Town 'N' Country in a new Lexus model!


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