The Shimoyama facility is now fully operational following the completion of the vehicle development and visitor centre buildings.

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3rd April 2024

LEXUS DRIVES INTO NEW BUSINESS AND DEVELOPMENT HOME AT SHIMOYAMA

The Driving Signature of all future Lexus vehicles will be honed at a newly completed 300 billion yen (3.04 billion AUD) technical centre in central Japan.

The high-tech facility at Shimoyama in the Aichi Prefecture is now fully functional following the opening of a new vehicle development building that will serve as the new home for Lexus, including its business operations and vehicle planning and evaluation.

Shimoyama incorporates a new visitor complex designed to support collaboration with business partners and suppliers.

It also features three exacting test tracks that take advantage of the numerous elevation differences and curves of Shimoyama's natural terrain. The challenging topography is ideal for testing and developing Lexus vehicles as engineers pursue the faithful handling and confidence-inspiring dynamic responses that define the Lexus Driving Signature.

Construction of the technical centre began in April 2018 with a country road-test course commencing operation in April 2019. A high-speed track and a section dedicated to simulating unique road conditions from countries around the world opened in October 2021.

The new development building is designed to impart Lexus planners, designers, developers and engineers with the feeling of being in the pits at the famous Nürburgring racetrack. But, instead of air hoses and rattle guns, Lexus experts have access to cutting-edge digital technology integrated with proven vehicle manufacturing processes to quicken development times.

The visitor building will be a place for co-creation beyond boundaries with business partners and suppliers. It will serve as an open environment for innovation, encouraging new ideas through close interaction with cars in a way that is only possible at a development centre.

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