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Toyota Mirai to be Built at Old Lexus LFA Factory

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 11/29/2014 Karla Sanchez

The factory that built the Lexus LFA will soon be building cars again, but not more $400,000 supercars. The Lexus LFA Works factory at Toyota's Motomachi plant in Aichi has been tasked with building the upcoming Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel cell sedan.

Although the Mirai is a completely different vehicle than the LFA, Toyota says it's just as niche and high profile as the supercar. To that end, the automaker decided to build it at the LFA workshop since it requires the same amount of craftsmanship and attention to detail. Because of the Mirai's dedicated platform and hydrogen-powered drivetrain, Toyota says it'd be better to hand-build it than to build it in one of its mass production factories. 2016 Toyota Mirai© Provided by MotorTrend 2016 Toyota Mirai

“Each unit is carefully built with utmost care. So therefore, the production volume might be limited,” said executive vice president for domestic sales Masamoto Maekawa to Automotive News.

Only 700 units will be built the first year, and with 200 orders already in the books, Toyota is starting to warn customers of a possible delivery delay. As it is, customers ordering one now won't be able to take delivery until next summer. But Toyota prefers having a waitlist instead of overproducing, which is another reason why the Mirai is being built to order. 2016 Toyota Mirai© Provided by MotorTrend 2016 Toyota Mirai

The water-emitting sedan will arrive in showrooms next fall, and customers can expect to lease the Mirai for $499 a month for 36 months with $3649 due at signing. For those interested in purchasing the Mirai, that will cost $57,500. However, Toyota says that after all the combined state and federal incentives of $13,000 that will be available, the purchase price could potentially drop down under $45,000. The Mirai will work much like a battery electric car, except that it'll replace the battery pack with a fuel cell stack. The 3.1 kW/L fuel cell stack is located underneath the front driver and passenger seats and puts out a maximum output of 153 hp. The Mirai can reportedly be refueled in about five minutes and travel up to 300 miles on a full tank. 2016 Toyota Mirai© Provided by MotorTrend 2016 Toyota Mirai

Although the Mirai is being assembled at the Motomachi plant, its drivetrain and other components will come from Toyota’s Honsha plant in Toyota City. Since the last LFA rolled off the production line, Lexus LFA Works has built carbon-fiber rooftops for a special performance version of the Toyota Mark X sedan and a $22,000- carbon fiber bike sold to wealthy Lexus owners.

Source: Automotive News (subscription required).

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