Toyota is making the changes expecting Lexus models to suffer from the chip shortage
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by Brad Anderson
Toyota is limiting the number of new Lexus orders that dealerships in Japan can place.
Details of the move shared to dealerships reveal that Toyota has placed order limits on nine separate Lexus models in its home market and capped the number of orders allocated to each dealership. The move was made because the shortage of components, including semiconductors, is expected to continue through 2023.
The number of orders available to each dealership varies and once all allocated vehicles are sold out, no more orders can be taken.
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Toyota has not publicized expected delivery times for most new Lexus models, other than noting that delivery times for the LS 500 sit between 3 and 4 months while deliveries of the LS 500h sit between 3 and 3.5 months. Toyota is encouraging consumers to get in contact with retailers for delivery estimates of other models. The car manufacturer has also revealed that orders of the new LX 600 and NX 450h+, NX 350h, NX 350, and NX 250 models remain suspended.
Speaking with Nikkei Asia, a Lexus dealer said that many models “will take at least six months” to be delivered.
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It is understood that a new system will be established to share information on delivery dates up to two years in advance with dealers from this spring. This system will make delivery dates clear for all models by the end of the year. Previously, customers have only received accurate delivery dates after the manufacturing date of the ordered vehicle has been confirmed.
Nikkei Asia notes that Lexus models are more heavily impacted by semiconductor shortages as they each use several hundred more than an average vehicle from Toyota.