In a secret assembly plant in Toyota City, Japan, Toyota will be making 200 Mirai fuel cell vehicles to order by master craftsmen. The plant was previously used to create 500 Lexus LFA V10 sports cars which sold for approximately $375,000 each.
According to AutoNews, “Toyota Motor Corp. has struggled to fill the void at the secretive workshop in Japan where the Lexus LFA was assembled ever since the last $375,000 sports car rolled off a line in December 2012. Now, it finally has landed a new product, one just as niche and high profile: Toyota’s new Mirai hydrogen fuel cell sedan.
“The backlot LFA Works at Toyota’s Motomachi assembly plant in Toyota City has been tasked with hand building the limited-run car partly because of its craftsmanship and attention to detail. And also because the Mirai, with its dedicated platform and hydrogen-powered drivetrain replete with mammoth fuel tanks, is better built by hand than in Toyota’s ultra-efficient factories.”
The 200 Toyota Mirai fuel cell vehicles that have been pre-ordered will be used in corporate and government fleets. Another reason the Mirai is being hand built is so that the car meets customer demand and is not over-produced.