Who Makes Lexus Cars?
Though individual in its brand name and vehicle line, Lexus cars are manufactured by Toyota Motor Company and are wholly owned by the company. Until recently, Lexus was structured as a distribution channel within Toyota’s corporate structure. Their chief executive didn’t even report to Toyota’s CEO, only to one of the senior vice presidents. While this may seem ancillary, it symbolizes Lexus’s individuality and independence within the company structure.
So, how did Toyota end up manufacturing luxury cars? And why did they start Lexus? To find out, we’ll have to go back to the 1980s and explore the Lexus brand’s history.