Lexus sets high standards for the craftsmen behind the interior of the 2013 ES 350. Automotive News reports those responsible for stitching the leather on the sedan's instrument panel must first pass a simple test. Given a blank piece of paper, the applicants must construct an origami cat's head. No big deal, right? Not exactly. Lexus makes each worker fold the piece using one hand, whichever one happens to be their non-dominant. As if that weren't difficult enough, they have to do it in under 90 seconds.

That kind of manual dexterity is tricky to master. According to Automotive News, it can take years to become a Takumi, but the level of control is important for work typically relegated to mechanized hands.


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      jonnybimmer
      • 2 Years Ago
      Lol how there's so many anti-BMW comments on a post about Lexus. I've always felt Lexus interiors were very well made (like the rest of their cars), but claiming that those responsible for the stitching have to be able to fold an origami with their bad hand? Sounds like Lexus's marketing is having fun with the journalists at AN.
      Johnny Ng
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is attention to detail and this is why they produce the best cars on the planet.
        IBx27
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Johnny Ng
        Didn't you just speak out against expensive luxury cars on the antique MB article?
        Johnny Ng
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Johnny Ng
        I said an ancient and useless car like that MB from the 1930s should be destroyed because it is worthless in terms of driving. All old cars should be destroyed because they are difficult to drive and unreliable. The exception would be classic Toyota Celicas or MR2s or Datsuns and Hondas (and other Japanese cars) because they're reliable and last literally forever.
          NightFlight
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Johnny Ng
          @ Johnny Ng I'm glad that you don't post here often. That's the dumbest thing I've read on this site in quite some time.
          IBx27
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Johnny Ng
          Why can't I downvote you more than once?
          Tony Stilling
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Johnny Ng
          I can think of many brand new cars that are both difficult to drive and/or unreliable. Does that mean they should be destroyed? Mr Koenigsegg & Mr Pagani would like to have a word with you.
      A P
      • 2 Years Ago
      If this would have been a BMW article there would have been high fives and fist bumps from all of the lemmings about how wonderful German workers are.
      Nick Allain
      • 2 Years Ago
      In Lexus tradition, the potential employees have a choice of any color paper to use as long as it's beige.
      Nick
      • 2 Years Ago
      That's nothing. In order to work on the line at a Michigan Chrysler plant, employees must be able to consume copious amount of beer over lunch and smoke a fat doobie and then go back to work without their managers noticing.
        caddy-v
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Nick
        http://gone-hollywood.com/2009/07/toyota-dealer-employee-caught-doing-customers-drugs/
          NightFlight
          • 2 Years Ago
          @caddy-v
          What a stupid response. That's a DEALER, they aren't building your vehicle.
      Ken
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow Lexus - maybe you could actually put that effort into making CARS and not doing some lame marketing stunt. In all fairness, the LF-A, and the new GS are a huge step in the right direction. But don't pretend the new ES is something special, crafted by elite artisans.
      Frederick
      • 2 Years Ago
      For all the Lexus haters who think this is just a marketing stunt, watch the Lexus RX episode of Factory Made. Or just take a close look at a used Lexus, and compare it to anything else of the same age.
        MJC
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Frederick
        The leather in a 20 year old German car will be in far better shape that in a 5 year old Lexus; I can guarantee you that. Lexus uses leather that is buttery soft when it's new, but the more heavily grained and thicker leathers used by the Germans are far more durable.
      Renaurd
      • 2 Years Ago
      I don't find Lexus stitching any better than other luxury cars, in fact Audi for one, is superior to Lexus. I see this as more PR from the company that has become a master of jostling the public.
        A P
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Renaurd
        Feel free to provide any links to back up that statement.
      Mike
      • 2 Years Ago
      So now oragami is the means Lexus uses to differentiate itself from Toyota....
      FIDTRO
      • 2 Years Ago
      And yet, they choose to stuff the interior with cheap plastic and tacky "luxurious" design.
        miketim1
        • 2 Years Ago
        @FIDTRO
        Oh how sense isnt common... You are bound to find some sort of plastic in anycar. The fact is... The amount of plastic in your car is only subject to change by how much $ your willing to spend. 1 Million dollar Veyron MAYBE a plastic in the interior car... a 40 to 50 grand MASS produced car ? I dont mind plastic here and because plastic DOES have it use in certain areas and places. As long as it isn't every where I touch and look it doesn't bother me.
        spw
        • 2 Years Ago
        @FIDTRO
        you are talking about cheap plastics for a car that has stitched leather dash, commonly found on cars $50k more expensive. So I would say it has a lot less plastic than you average car that costs $40k.
      Ryan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Soooooooo relevant. Here, fold this paper so we know your good at, um, stitching and such.
      Yann
      • 2 Years Ago
      Call me cynical, but this sounds like some very dextrous PR ..
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