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thats what the dealer told me lastnight, that "I had won the CT lottery" They called to say they have one coming in at the end of the month pretty close to what I wanted, Premium Obsidian with black Nuluxe. No LED headlights of course but I guess I can live without them. I'm 5th on the list but everyone above me wants red, so I guess I got lucky. I'm REALLY excited!! Hopefully I can sleep this month while I wait for the call.
 

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thats what the dealer told me lastnight, that "I had won the CT lottery" They called to say they have one coming in at the end of the month pretty close to what I wanted, Premium Obsidian with black Nuluxe. No LED headlights of course but I guess I can live without them. I'm 5th on the list but everyone above me wants red, so I guess I got lucky. I'm REALLY excited!! Hopefully I can sleep this month while I wait for the call.
that's funny you posted with that title...I said the exact same thing a couple of weeks ago. After driving it for a couple of weeks and feeling lucky to have been able to get my hands on my car...I love it and am glad I'm saving sooooo much money in gas. I have Obsidian too but with Ecru interior. Make sure you order the wood panel for the dash. On the black interior, the Ash wood may look better than the bamboo. I also was on a list for a car with LED's to be built in Japan but after waiting for 2 1/2 months and no info on build date, I started looking elsewhere. Funny thing is, I don't do much night driving anyway and the Halogen's (although a yellowish tinge) do light up the road nicely. I did get NAV however...I like if for everything it does but haven't used the NAV part yet. Congrats on almost getting your car...the black looks spectacular when clean and shiny.
 

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This thread should have been titled "the envy roll call"...you can put me on the list as #1 - mine hasn't even entered into production yet :( But the seed has been planted!
 

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If only the lottery involved the CT being free.
 

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I got the call as well this week. I was given a printout of the car specs, options, accessories and even got the VIN. However, I'm told that delivery is still 2-1/2 months away. That seemed a bit odd to me. I called back to inquire about the status of the vehicle and was told it was currently in the production line. So, evidently the VIN gets assigned as soon as the car begins production, maybe even before? Still, 2-1/2 months from production line to delivery seems like a very long time to me. How long can it take to build the car, a week tops? Maybe another week in transit? So what's going on for the other 2 months? Evidently a lot of time sitting in storage lots I guess. If anyone is familiar with the production and distribution process it would be interesting to hear how this works.
 

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If only the lottery involved the CT being free.
There was a thread a month or 2 ago on here or on Clublexus where someone won a CT! I wonder if they ever kept it.
 

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YAY It finally came in!! I got the call a few days ago that it would be in Monday or Tuesday but luckily it came in yesterday. What an awesome car!! I love it! So worth the wait. I'm going to take it to get the windows tinted today. I cant wait to drive it again :)
 

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I got the call as well this week. I was given a printout of the car specs, options, accessories and even got the VIN. However, I'm told that delivery is still 2-1/2 months away. That seemed a bit odd to me. I called back to inquire about the status of the vehicle and was told it was currently in the production line. So, evidently the VIN gets assigned as soon as the car begins production, maybe even before? Still, 2-1/2 months from production line to delivery seems like a very long time to me. How long can it take to build the car, a week tops? Maybe another week in transit? So what's going on for the other 2 months? Evidently a lot of time sitting in storage lots I guess. If anyone is familiar with the production and distribution process it would be interesting to hear how this works.
They have to do all the tests on it to make sure its made to standards, then it has to be shipped here on a boat which takes nearly a week as it is. then once it gets to port it has to go through customs checks just like anything else. And then it has to be shipped from port to your dealer which depending on where you live can take another 5 days or more
 

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I So, evidently the VIN gets assigned as soon as the car begins production, maybe even before? Still, 2-1/2 months from production line to delivery seems like a very long time to me. How long can it take to build the car, a week tops? Maybe another week in transit? So what's going on for the other 2 months? Evidently a lot of time sitting in storage lots I guess. If anyone is familiar with the production and distribution process it would be interesting to hear how this works.
Patience, these things take time...

VIN creation is done in the planning stages... well before the car is scheduled for production, since it dicates everything about the car... model (which parts/sub-assy's are needed to order), location of assy plant (where to deliver sub-assy's for final assy), etc, etc...

Then once the parts are ordered, Lexus's sub-tier suppliers would likely have to check their stock to ensure they even have the sub-assy's required for final assembly (which they should, since the production of these cars should be pretty accurately forecasted). If not - parts must be producted first by Lexus's suppliers, which could take who knows how long (this would be unacceptable though in such large scale production).

The below is copied from another forum - but seems to be pretty standard as far as manufacturing/assy is concerned.

Receipt Date: The date that MS&S recorded the order.
When the order is received from the dealers

Serialize Date: The date that MS&S transfers the order to MP&L and the VIN is created.
When the order is received by Material Planning and parts are ordered

Segment Date: The date that MP&L determines which week the order will be built.
When they figure what week that parts will be able to be delivered to the plant to build the vehicle

Sequence Date: The date that MP&L determines which day the order will be built.
When they figure what day that parts can be at the plant to build the vehicle

Blend Date: The date that MP&L determines when the order will be built within the assigned day.
When they figure the specific order that vehicles will be built. This depends on options and line constraints.

Produced Date: The date that VO finished assembling the vehicle
Your unit has been built!

Gate Release Date: The date that VO transfers the vehicle to Transportation Carriers for shipping
Your unit has left the building, and is in the hands of the shipper (rail or truck)

Ship Date: The date the vehicle left the Assembly Plant
Your unit has left the load site, and is on it's way to the dealer

Arrival Date: The date the Dealership received the vehicle
Your dealer has the unit in hand, doing the dealer prep thingy

Sold Date: The date the Customer picked up the vehicle
You came in, looked it over, said, "I'll take it!" and signed the papers

Not quite as fast a process as one might think... I don't have anything to do with the auto industry - but from a manufacturing background, please be gentle on these dealerships and salespeople - they are at the mercy of the production line... so just because you already have a VIN, doesn't mean that your car is already on the assembly line... manufacturing doesn't quite work like that.
 
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