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Above is an employee from the Miyata plant in Fukuoka Prefecture, inspecting the finished Lexus NX SUV for paint defects.

Lexus is still holding out on manufacturing their cars locally instead of shipping it from their plant in Japan because of quality concerns. While BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi are all manufacturing cars in China Lexus has continued to produce quality products even at the cost of driving up their vehicle prices from import taxes.

The executive vice president of Lexus International has stated that "there’s too much quality risk in China to produce there". Although standards of production has risen in China new vehicle owners are still reporting problems at a rate of 105 probles per 100 vehicles.

Lexus prides itself on quality and that's good news for us even if we pay a bit more for it.
 

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Even without the reduced prices, Lexus is still doing well with sales and probably because they are upholding their reputation of quality products and services. I'd rather pay more for quality than have to consistently repair something.
 

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Lexus is the most reliable brand this year again! Most likely due to their stringent production process.
Consumer Reports' annual report on auto reliability lists Lexus as number 1 followed by Toyota.
 

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Being quality leaders in the industry I think this was a sound move, if people weren't used to the level of reliability and dependability you get in a lexus, i'm sure without question they would do what BMW and the rest are.

Who knows, this could be what helps to give them the advantage in any market they get into.
 

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Being quality leaders in the industry I think this was a sound move, if people weren't used to the level of reliability and dependability you get in a lexus, i'm sure without question they would do what BMW and the rest are.

Who knows, this could be what helps to give them the advantage in any market they get into.
That`s exactly what I was thinking here. Best not to kill the one thing they`re known right across the board for.
 

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That`s exactly what I was thinking here. Best not to kill the one thing they`re known right across the board for.
Quite true. Lexuses are great vehicles in many ways, but the one area where Lexus out performs its competition is in quality -- consistent quality across the board. That is probably the thing that the brand has to value ahead of everything else.
 

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For sure. It's that level of reliability and dependability which gets people buy and not second guess it, almost coming down to a matter of just needing to see the car, it's features, and that's it!
 

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Not really going to move away from Lexus if they do produce in China but if their quality is going to be similar to that of their competitors then I won't be as loyal and go for whichever gives me what I want in terms of trim and specs.
 

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Not really going to move away from Lexus if they do produce in China but if their quality is going to be similar to that of their competitors then I won't be as loyal and go for whichever gives me what I want in terms of trim and specs.
In the end, I trust that if Lexus begins producing vehicles in China, Lexus will be at the point that they believe that production will be up to their standards.
 

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Wasn't aware of that, that being the case, i'm not sure what's going to be the most appropriate move for them. With China being one of the biggest markets (although right now I think they're at a low point), they'll have to figure out something and soon enough.
 

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Wasn't aware of that, that being the case, i'm not sure what's going to be the most appropriate move for them. With China being one of the biggest markets (although right now I think they're at a low point), they'll have to figure out something and soon enough.
Do you think that they should take the risk?
 

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I don't think it's worth the risk for Lexus considering that they're doing fine without producing cars in china. Now that China's car market has slowed down, they would risk even more in building a production plant there.
 
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