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Lexus LS, GS, and IS are made in Tahara

Tahara plant (Japanese: 田原工場) is an automobile plant in Tahara, Aichi, Japan owned by Toyota Motor Corporation. It was opened in January 1979.[1] It is the most computerized and robotized automotive plant in the world and produces the Lexus brand of vehicles including the Lexus IS, Lexus GS, Lexus LS, Lexus GX, and Lexus LX models.[2] Several Toyota vehicles have been assembled there as well, these comprise: Land Cruiser, Land Cruiser Prado, RAV4/Vanguard, WISH, and 4Runner.[1] When employees enter the factory floor, they have to go through an air shower to remove dust. Also the employees look through 4000 details for every car produced. The plant creates a Lexus every 87 seconds or 675 Lexus models per day. Workers are required to exercise and perform other physical activities such as holding and rolling golf balls in their palms.[3] This keeps them sharp and is believed to help retain the standards necessary to produce flawless vehicles.[4]

Columnist for The New York Times Thomas Friedman visited the plant in the early 1990s, and described the experience as an example of globalization in his best-selling 1999 book, The Lexus and the Olive Tree.[5] In the book, Friedman detailed the precise installation of windshield rubber seals by the factory's robots, along with human quality controls.[5]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Tahara Plant". Toyota Motor Corporation. 2012. Retrieved 12 April 2014. 
  2. ^ Schreffler, Roger (2009-06-26). "Lexus Plant Top of Manufacturing Pyramid in Japan". Ward's Auto. Retrieved 2009-07-15. 
  3. ^ "Master craftsmen at work". Asia One Motoring. Retrieved 2009-08-16. 
  4. ^ A Look Inside Toyota's Tahara Plant
  5. ^ a b Friedman, Thomas L. (1999) "The Lexus and the Olive Tree: Understanding Globalization", p. 32–33. New York, Anchor Books, ISBN 0-374-19203-0

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Reuters
Sun, 19 Apr 2015 21:30:00 -0700

Tokyo Steel stopped producing hot-rolled coils at its Okayama plant in western Japan in March to improve efficiency. It will continue to produce hot-rolled coils at its Tahara plant in central Japan, the company said. ($1 = 118.8600 yen) (Reporting by ...
 
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Wed, 21 Jan 2015 23:32:11 -0800

Third, we see benefits from improved profitability on the consolidation of hot-rolled coil production at the Tahara plant. Finally, we look for improvement in the competitiveness of the firm vs. integrated steel mills on a drop in steel scrap prices ...

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Fri, 04 Jul 2014 02:22:30 -0700

Ryo Sakai, a spokesperson for the company, announced that Toyota will move the manufacturing of the GS sedan for overseas markets from the nearby Tahara plant in central Japan to Motomachi, while at the former the brand will put into production a new ...
 
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Mon, 25 Aug 2014 02:25:16 -0700

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Wed, 12 Nov 2014 08:35:17 -0800

The XLE gets new 17-inch Superchrome alloy wheels for 2015. What does it mean? RAV4: Recreational Active Vehicle with 4-wheel drive. Where is it built? RAV4s are produced in the Tahara Plant in Tahara, Japan and at the Woodstock plant in Ontario, ...

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Sat, 26 Apr 2014 10:48:45 -0700

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Thu, 12 Apr 2012 08:21:47 -0700

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