Lexus ES: Sixth GenerationManufacturing

The New York Times Visits the Lexus ES 350 Manufacturing Plant in Kentucky

Lexus ES Manufacturing Kentucky

The New York Times has a feature on the new Lexus manufacturing plant in Kentucky:

In Georgetown, getting the new Lexus production line ready meant an expansion of machinery to create an almost completely separate operation, even down to a separate paint shop, from the rest of the Toyota factory. (Some early-stage steps like stamping panels are shared with the main factory.)

Then there is the noise at the plant — or lack of it.

The quest over the last 30 months has been to create what was unimaginable not too long ago: a largely noiseless, hushed atmosphere to house the new assembly line.

“We want our team members to be able to hear a click,” Mr. James said.

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    Bulldog 1
  • November 13, 2015
So I'm on my way to the Las Vegas Convention Center for the SEMA Show last week and I roll up next to a naked ES350 with a Michigan manufacturer plate on it while stick in traffic. It was missing all of its Lexus badges, caps were missing on the bumpers, caps on wheels were gone. Some kind of a Lexus ES350 mule?