Toyota's secretive workshop in Japan that built the last $375,000 Lexus LFA in December 2012 has a new assignment: Hand build the Mirai hydrogen fuel cell sedan.
Production is so limited -- just 700 vehicles in the first year -- that Toyota is already warning of delivery delays.
Toyota has 200 orders for the car, mostly from government and corporate fleets. People ordering one today will have to wait until next summer to get theirs, said Masamoto Maekawa, executive vice president for domestic sales.
Toyota is building each car to order, not en masse, partly because it wants to prudently match output to demand and not overproduce, said Yoshikazu Tanaka, chief engineer of the Mirai and the former chief engineer for the Prius plug-in hybrid.
Even if production soars to 2,000 vehicles a year, Tanaka said, the workshop would still be churning out just 10 Mirais a day.