Toyota’s $375,000 sports car, the Lexus LFA, was hand-built in a secretive factory in Japan until the last vehicle rolled off the line in December 2012. Since then, Toyota has worked to fill the void there.
Now that Toyota has launched the Mirai hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle, Toyota has decided it is better built be hand in that same factory than in one of Toyota’s ultra-efficient factories.
Toyota now has 200 deliveries for the Mirai, and people ordering now will have to wait until at least next summer.
Production is limited – limited to just 700 copies of the Mirai in the first year, and Toyota is already warning of delivery delays.
“Each unit is carefully built with utmost care. So therefore, the production volume might be limited,” Masamoto Maekawa, executive vice president for domestic sales, said. “During the initial stages, delivery time might be delayed. The 200 orders are mostly from government and corporate fleets.”
Toyota will build to order to prudently match output to demand.
The drivetrain componens for the Mirai are manufactured at Toyota’s Honsha plant in Toyota City, and then the vehicle is assembled at the nearby Motomachi plant.