TOKYO -- Toyota Motor has tapped premium subsidiary Lexus to lead the company's shift toward using gigacasting for large aluminum parts.
The production method was pioneered by electric vehicle leader Tesla and is being adopted by automakers such as Volvo -- starting in 2025 for its next-generation EVs – as well as Ford and Hyundai.
Lexus plans to use gigacasting for EVs, starting with the LF-ZC, Lexus President Takashi Watanabe said at the Japan Mobility Show here last month. Lexus showed a concept of the midsize sedan show and plans to start making the production model in 2026.
"Gigacasting will play a very big role in the LF-ZC, as we want to drastically simplify the manufacturing process of our next-generation EVs," Watanabe said.