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Assembly of the first Lexus built outside the country, the Ontario, Canada-produced RX 330, began in 2003.Following a corporate reorganization from 2001 to 2005, Lexus began operation of its own design, engineering and manufacturing centers.This made Lexus the fifth luxury brand to be launched in India, after Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, BMW and Audi.Global sales of Lexus vehicles reached an all-time high in 2007, with a total of 518,000.
Lexus originated from a corporate project to develop a new premium sedan, code-named F1, which began in 1983 and culminated in the launch of the Lexus LS in 1989.
Lexus did not exist as a brand in its home market until 2005, and all vehicles marketed internationally as Lexus from 1989 to 2005 were released in Japan under the Toyota marque and an equivalent model name.
In 2005, a hybrid version of the RX crossover debuted and additional hybrid models later joined the division's lineup.
The RX crossover targeted suburban buyers who desired an upmarket SUV but did not need the LX's off-road capability.
New generation LS, IS, ES, GS, and RX models subsequently became available in Japan along with the SC 430, ending domestic sales of Toyota-branded models under the Celsior, Altezza, Windom, Aristo, Harrier, and Soarer nameplates, respectively.