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

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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  • 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.

  • Rich Benkwitt I’ll take that red and white 2 door and I guess the 4 banger so I can have the manual tranny just like my 1969 Bronco. I have my Wildtrak on order now waiting impatiently!
  • Theflyersfan I was living in one part of the world when China and Russia were completing their 21st century scramble of Africa. They were pumping billions into the economies of these countries building new dams, bridges, skyscrapers, freeways/toll roads, utilities, power plants, you know - projects that would benefit the average resident of said location. All they wanted in exchange were the mineral, mining, fishing, timber, etc., rights of said location. And they got them. So during that era when they were looking at global expansion, we were fighting unwinnable wars and our "leaders" on the left were yelling at the "leaders" on the right and vice versa, and what happens when all you do is stare and focus on one thing like DC is known to do? The world moves on around you. And that's what happened here.We had the same opportunity to build Africa up and to make the same deals as other countries, but our "nation building" tends to take place via the conversion from something solid and standing to something in pieces and in rubble. So it looks like we'll continue to have to deal with hostile nations holding our feet into the fire and working through their many geopolitical issues just so we can continue to get cheap electronics and necessary materials in our manufacturing just because we decided around 40+ years ago to ship it all overseas because we wanted to save 50 cents on a pack of socks and the CEOs needed their next quarterly statement to look even better to the shareholders so they could increase their pay and bonuses, consequences be damned.
  • DweezilSFV I didn't think GM could make a worse looking truck than their full-sizers.Success.
  • DweezilSFV GM. Still trying to make OnStar happen.And still the answer to a question no one ever asked.
  • Corey Lewis Look, here's the voice warning record player!