Customers In Japan Could Wait Longer For A Lexus LX Than It Might To Pay Off The Loan

Matthew Guy
by Matthew Guy
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.

[Image: Lexus]

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  • Mike-NB2 Mike-NB2 on Jul 08, 2022

    That thing is so ugly I wouldn't wait 30 seconds for it.

  • Corey Lewis Corey Lewis on Jul 08, 2022

    Toyota has never been interested in selling a high volume of the LC or LX. Even when fuel economy was not a concern and demand was high, they still didn't make that many.

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    • Dal20402 Dal20402 on Jul 11, 2022

      @analoggrotto There's no audience for the LS anymore. The older buyers at whom the 430 and 460 were targeted are all aging out and the younger buyers don't care about sedans no matter how you plan or design them. Now the LX... if they prioritized the US market rather than the global markets that are so profitable for them, it would be a very different product. But they put the global markets first and as a result the LX is a bit of an oddity in our market. It's narrow, tougher than it needs to be to last in US service, and styled for function first.

  • FreedMike Can the final last call edition be the Secretary Special, with a V6 and a vinyl roof?
  • FreedMike I’ve never heard of this so I’ll have no problem not attending.
  • ToolGuy As I understand it, the Toyota Prius basically lasts forever because the engine gets a gentle duty cycle and the battery gets babied. This seems like the opposite of that.[Impressive tech, not for me, but then neither is the Prius.]
  • Dusterdude Excellent work ! Your stories are always linguistically interesting . Even if you weren’t writing about a quirky car on a long and adventuresome journey - I know your write up would still be interesting ! ( I also have a Soft spot for large cars - as my daily driver is a 2000 Chrysler Concorde )
  • MaintenanceCosts There have always been just two reasons to buy AMG cars: the menacing, hard-edged V8 warble, and the styling with subtle shapes but perfectly aggressive details. This is missing both of those things: the styling has gotten cartoonishly aggressive, and the engine will sound like a fart-can Civic. I don't understand why I should want it.