Lexus Es Production Moved, Sub - Rx Crossover Possible


Lexus All-New 2013 ES 350 and First-Ever ES 300h HybridThere’s likely more to Lexus’ plan to shift production of the ES sedan to Kentucky than saving money — a major new model is likely on the way from Japan.

Lexus’ officially confirmed its plan today to move production to Georgetown, Ky. — likely due to the $146.5 million in tax breaks the state offered. But there could be something much bigger moving beneath the water.

The brand’s choice to send the ES to U.S. production is also to make room at the Kyushu plant for a major new model likely to be a compact crossover slotted below the RX.

That would especially make sense given the luxury segments shifting trend toward smaller, car-based products.

 

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