Lexus rachets up efforts to keep lead in quality


By Chang-Ran Kim, Asia auto correspondent TAHARA, Japan, June 28 (Reuters) - To the untrained mind, a bench-press set would seem to have no place in a car factory. Unless, that is, you are making cars for Lexus, Toyota Motor Corp.'s luxury brand. At the Tahara plant in western Japan, workers pass through a "dojo" -- or bootcamp of sorts -- to train body and mind for what Toyota calls the "craft" of building a Lexus sedan. Strong arms and legs are a must to perfect the smoothness of a ...

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