U.S. automotive manufacturing has experienced a revival in recent years, thanks in no small part to Toyota Motor Company. Toyota recently announced that one of its subsidiaries, Lexus, will be bringing production to the U.S. for the first time, at its Georgetown, Kentucky, plant. Starting in 2015, the Lexus ES 350, one of the company’s popular mid-size luxury sedans, will generate around 750 new jobs at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky (TMMK).
TMMK is already a huge plant in terms of capacity, and adding the ES 350 to its line of vehicles will up the ante by about 50,000 vehicles per year, to a total of more than 550,000 vehicles per year. The U.S. is the largest market by far for Lexus, and the site of its debut back in 1989, so it seems fitting that a Lexus vehicle will be produced in the U.S. With Toyota’s ongoing efforts to push more and more production to the U.S., it was only a matter of time before Lexus made the move. Its crossover SUV, the Lexus RX, has been produced in Canada since 2004.
“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 Kentucky Governor Steven Beshear, in a press release from Lexus. “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.”
Will more Lexus vehicles be coming soon? As long as sales in the U.S. continue to rise, and the forecasted value of the yen remains strong versus the dollar, Lexus and Toyota will continue to increase production in the U.S. Given the company’s success with American made vehicles such as the Tacoma and Tundra, increases in U.S. automotive production certainly couldn’t hurt the popularity of the Lexus brand.