welcomes luxury brand with production of first-ever Lexus
PRINCETON, Ind., Nov. 9, 2023
/PRNewswire/ -- Toyota Indiana
celebrated a major milestone today as the plant started production
of the first-ever Lexus TX, an all-new, three-row luxury SUV. The
2024 TX is the first Lexus SUV to be assembled in the U.S., and the
first Lexus for Toyota Indiana.
In 2021, Toyota announced an $803
million investment in Indiana to assemble two all-new SUV's, further
cementing the automakers' commitment to U.S. manufacturing and to
Toyota Indiana's workforce of more than 8,000 employees.
Fast-forward to 2023, Toyota Indiana launched the Grand Highlander
and now is excited to offer the Lexus TX.
"When Toyota Indiana was selected to assemble two brand-new
vehicles, we were thrilled," said Leah
Curry, Toyota Indiana president, "Being designated as a
Lexus plant brings honor and prestige to the work we do every day
and it's extremely gratifying to see our team recognized for their
dedication and expertise."
Prioritizing comfort and designed with North American drivers in
mind, the TX features the hallmarks of all Lexus vehicles. The TX
is strong, sophisticated and builds upon the brand's commitment to
electrification. Whether the road traveled is straight, curved, or
something in between, the 2024 TX offers substantial
space and seating without compromising the innovative technology,
refined performance, and luxurious amenities customers expect.
Bringing Lexus to Indiana
required the manufacturer to prepare its facility, people and
processes for the luxury line. This meant years of evaluating and
elevating each process in the plant, learning new procedures unique
to Lexus and bringing everything to the next level.
"At Toyota Indiana, we hold ourselves to an unwavering standard
of excellence," said Tim Hollander,
vice president of manufacturing. "That's why Lexus chose us. Adding
the Lexus TX to our already exclusive production lineup has only
elevated what we do here."
"Indiana is leading the way in
innovating and producing the future of mobility thanks to the
partnership of world class companies like Toyota Indiana," said
Governor Eric J. Holcomb. "Toyota's
commitment to expanding its production in Princeton with the new Grand Highlander and
Lexus TX is creating quality career opportunities for our Hoosier
neighbors, while bolstering transformational economic and community
growth across southwest Indiana."
In honor of this milestone event, Toyota Indiana is donating
$300,000 to the Koch Family
Children's Museum of Evansville's
Play-it Forward campaign. The funds will create an innovative
mobile museum that will help provide equal access for children
throughout the region to grow their imaginations and explore
through the power of play. With a focus on interactive STEAM
activities, the mobile museum will extend important content – and
fun – beyond the museum walls.
Toyota (NYSE:TM) has been a part of the
cultural fabric in the U.S. for more than 65 years, and is
committed to advancing sustainable, next-generation mobility
through our Toyota and Lexus brands, plus our nearly 1,500
Toyota directly employs more than 49,000 people in the U.S. who
have contributed to the design, engineering, and assembly of more
than 33 million cars and trucks at our nine manufacturing plants.
By 2025, Toyota's 10th plant in North
Carolina will begin to manufacture automotive batteries for
electrified vehicles. With more electrified vehicles on the road
than any other automaker, Toyota currently offers 26 electrified
To help inspire the next generation for a career in STEM-based
fields, including mobility, Toyota launched its virtual education
hub at www.TourToyota.com with an immersive experience
and chance to virtually visit many of our U.S. manufacturing
facilities. The hub also includes a series of free STEM-based
lessons and curriculum through Toyota USA Foundation partners, virtual field trips
For more information about Toyota,
Lexus' passion for brave design, imaginative
technology, and exhilarating performance enables the luxury
lifestyle brand to create amazing experiences for its
customers. Lexus began its journey in 1989 with two luxury
sedans and a commitment to pursue perfection. Since then, Lexus has
developed its lineup to meet the needs of global luxury customers
in more than 90 countries. In the United
States, Lexus vehicles are sold through 244 dealers offering
a full lineup of luxury vehicles. With eight models incorporating
Lexus Hybrid Drive, Lexus is the luxury hybrid leader. Lexus also
offers nine F SPORT models, one F performance model and one F
model. Lexus is committed to being a visionary brand that
anticipates the future for luxury customers.
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SOURCE Toyota Motor North America; Lexus