Customers In Japan Could Wait Longer For A Lexus LX Than It Might To Pay Off The Loan
It’s of no surprise to anyone that new vehicles can be hard to find these days. Some production has been throttled thanks to supply chain challenges, more than a few dealer lots are bereft of product, and everyone seems to be at the end of their rope.
But spare a thought for customers in Japan who wish to buy a new Lexus LX. According to reports, the wait time for one in that part of the world has grown. To four years.
Automotive News has pointed out that the brand’s website makes it clear those who order an LX today could end up waiting more than 48 months to get their new SUV. To quote the site (with help from Google Translate):
Thank you very much for considering and ordering our vehicle. LX is very popular not only in Japan but also around the world, and we have received orders that greatly exceed our production capacity, so we are currently suspending orders.
Regarding the resumption of orders, we will inform you again based on the future production situation. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.
Very good, then. While the 4-year metric is not mentioned in that soliloquy, it has been reported by enough reputable sources to make it believable. Here at home, a spokesperson for Toyota told AN that Lexus has a significant sold order bank for the model but wait times are not nearly as dire thanks to a “global allocation preference”. America: land of the free and home of the LX, apparently.
Back in Japan, a similar note has been appended to the build-and-price tool of the snazzy new Lexus NX. Orders are apparently backed up for about 12 months for that model in its home market. If you’re wondering, there are assembly facilities in Japan for both the LX and NX, while the latter also has a plant in Canada.
Pricing for the NX starts around $40,000 in America with hybrid variants adding a couple thousand dollars to that sum. The large-and-in-charge LX, meanwhile, starts at $88,245 but can easily sink itself into six-figure territory without issue. Its top trim, the LX 600 Ultra Luxury, sets an opening bid of $127,345.
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