Toyota Builds First Lexus ES in Ky.
Photo of first Lexus ES 350 built in Kentucky courtesy of Toyota.
The first Lexus ES 350 luxury sedan has rolled off the assembly line at the Georgetown, Ky., plant that now produces the Camry mid-size sedan, Toyota has announced.
The ES 350, which is the top-selling Lexus nameplate, joins the Camry, which is Toyota's top-selling nameplate, at the Scott County plant.
To build the ES 350, Toyota has invested $360 million in a new dedicated assembly line at the plant and hired 750 new workers. The company expects to produce 50,000 Lexus vehicles per year, according to Toyota.
Toyota will contine to build the gasoline-hybrid version of the Lexus ES 350 on the Japanese island of Kyushu.
The first Lexus ES 350 rolled off the line at the Georgetown plant on Oct. 20 during a ceremony attended by automotive executives and elected leaders.