Is Lexus better than Mercedes Benz?

In this article, we pitch Lexus and Mercedes against each other and find out which one is the best. This article will also explain how both the companies were established and compare their flagship models. Lastly, do we find out if Lexus is Better than Mercedes Benz?

Is Lexus better than Mercedes Benz?

No, Lexus is not better than Mercedes Benz. It is just a sub-brand of Toyota Motor company responsible for the production of luxury cars. The table below shows important information about both companies

Company name-LexusMercedes Benz
Production output364,6302,164,187
Number of models1525
Parent companyToyota Mercedes Benz AG
Sub brandsMercedes AMG, Maybach, EQ
Founded 19891926

Where are Lexus cars Manufactured?

The majority of the production of Lexus models takes place in Toyota factories located at the following locations:

Tahara, AichiLS, GS, IS, GX, RC, NX
Toyota city, AichiES
Kitakyushu, FukuokaCT, HS, RX
Susono, ShizuokaSC
Cambridge, OntarioRX, RX, NX
Georgetown, KentuckyES
Bidadi, KarnatakaES
Miyawaka, FukuokaES, IS, RX, NX, UX

Lexus headquarters is located in Nagoya prefecture, Japan. It is now a separate entity and designs its cars. The annual sales figures of Lexus are  almost equivalent  to Mercedes Benz but Lexus is not popular in European markets due to limited service networks and a small brand image.

The Factory at Toyota city also manufactured the Lexus LFA, LC and ES models.  The naming systems Lexus uses for its models are simple, the first letter indicates the rank or class in the model lineup while the second letter indicates body type. The sedan is S, SUV is X.

Where are Mercedes Benz cars Produced?

Mercedes Benz has production factories all over the world but the main manufacturing factories are located only in Germany. Another location does not manufacture cars but only assembles from knockdown kits. The company has factories in 17 countries across 4 continents. 

The factory in Stuttgart, Germany is the mother factory, all the development, production and shipment of engines, transmissions and CKDs are shipped from this location. It is also the headquarters of Daimler AG, recently named Mercedes Benz group AG. The Stuttgart factory has a history extending back over 115 years and it is the highest tech location for the production of cars and hybrid drive systems. 

The plant has six total facilities, Untert├╝rkheim and Bad Cannstatt are responsible for the production of engines and the forge is also located there. The transmissions are manufactured in Hedelfingen. Mettingen has a foundry for axle production.

How was Mercedes Benz established?

In 1886, Karl Benz invented the modern-day car with the petrol engine and during the same period, Gottlieb Daimler and his business partner William Maybach were in the business of converting stagecoaches by adding petrol engines.

A European automobile entrepreneur Emil Jellinek first marketed the automobile by naming it after his daughter Mercedes Jellinek. 1901 Mercedes powered by a 35 brake horsepower engine became known as 1901 Mercedes. 

The production of the first Branded Mercedes Benz started in 1926 when the two companies of Karl Benz and Gottlieb Daimler merged and created the Daimler Benz company.

How was Lexus established?

Lexus was established at the same time when Toyotas Japanese competitors like Honda and Nissan established their Luxury car Brands named Acura and Infiniti. The design and research of the first car to be produced under the Lexus banner started in 1983. Toyota chairman Eiji Toyoda wanted to build the best car in the world and the Lexus LS 400 was developed under the code name F1 (flagship one).

The Lexus LS 400 launched in 1989 and it was a completely new product independent from Toyota. The designer built it by keeping the focus on exporting the vehicle to international markets. It was very successful in international markets like America, Vehicle was praised for exceptionally good NVH levels and the newly developed 4.0 litres gasoline engine also outperformed all of its competitors.

Comparison between the flagship models of Lexus and Mercedes Benz

The Lexus LFA is the best sports car produced by Lexus. It went through many design changes in the initial phases until the designers settled on building the car entirely in carbon fibre material. The LFA was designed to become a global icon for the Lexus brand.

The LFA was powered by a 4.8 litres V10 engine. The power output of the production car was 554 horsepower and 480 NM of torque. Lexus was one of the Few manufacturers that produced the V10 engine with a 71-degree bank angle. 

The engine was capable of reaching 9000 RPMs in a few milliseconds and Lexus closely worked with Yamaha to get distinct noise from the engine. It was mounted on the rear of the car. As the vehicle body was made with  lightweight carbon fibre material, the power-to-weight ratio of LFA is 2.67 KG/ Hp and there is more than 500 hp which gives the LFA a top speed of 325 km/hr.

Only 500 cars were produced and Lexus delivered the vehicle on a two-two-years to the customers so that they couldn’t sell them for a profit. Each LFA was custom-built, and customers could choose different types of interiors, sticking to the upholstery and exterior paint colour. 

The Mercedes Benz S class is all about  comfort and luxury. There are inline 6 and v8 petrol engines making around 600 horsepower. The S class is currently in the seventh generation and has the most advanced driver assistance systems on board. 

The driver assistance systems are capable of driving the s class without any inputs from the driver. S class also sets a benchmark in safety by featuring a first-in-class rear passenger airbag located on the backside of the front seats. 

S class uses AIRMATIC suspension with sports and comfort modes, the suspension has active body control systems and can vary the damping rates based on the mode selected. This gives more versatility to the handling characteristics of the S class.

Other articles about Lexus you may be interested in

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Lexus RX 350 Suspension Issues Explained

Conclusion

Lexus no longer makes the LFA but the new models are really good cars, coupled with the reliability of Japanese engineers making Lexus a tough competitor for the Mercedes Benz. Mercedes Benz still has a very large dealership network and production capacities far exceed Lexus. Therefore, Lexus is not better than Mercedes Benz.

FAQs: Lexus vs Mercedes Benz

Is a Mercedes better than a Lexus?

Yes, Mercedes Benz cars have more features and offer better levels of comfort than the Lexus.

Is Lexus more expensive than Mercedes?

No, Mercedes Benz is more expensive than the Lexus but in some international markets, Lexus can cost more as it is directly imported from Japan. Mercedes Benz has many production facilities across the world.

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