Order books for the hugely popular Toyota LandCruiser workhorse will stay closed for “at least another 12 months”, however the V8 is still very much alive, for now.
The Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series heavy-duty four-wheel-drive range will not be available to order for at least another 12 months, says a top Toyota Australia executive.
However, the company has cautioned this is not a sign the V8 is dead – yet.
The executive said there was no hidden reason for the stop-sale, and the decision to close the order books was designed to allow time for the factory to catch up with the current backlog.
“We’re just being upfront,” said Mr Hanley. “Everything that suits LandCruiser 70 Series is booming (such as the mining and agriculture sectors) and it’s had a surge in private sales, too.
“Clearly if (production) improves, and we get more cars, we can reduce the wait times. But at this stage we don’t see anything (opening up again) within 12 months.”
When asked if the pause in orders was to clear the backlog of V8 production before a rumoured switch to turbo diesel V6 power, Mr Hanley told Drive:
“No, 70 Series orders are being paused only because we have extraordinary demand that we can’t meet … and in the interest of being totally transparent with the customer, we just think that it’s best (to close the order books). Right now we’ve got to satisfy our existing customer base.”
When asked if Toyota was still producing the V8 diesel for the 70 Series – or if it had stockpiled a finite supply engines – Mr Hanley said: “It’s still in production. We’ve paused orders because demand exceeds our ability to supply by a significant margin.”
When asked if there was a plan to have the Toyota Tundra pick-up from the US – to be converted locally from 2023 for a likely 2024 showroom arrival – replace the 70 Series in the local line-up, Mr Hanley said:
“No, that’s not part of our plan. There may be some Toyota customers who go over to (Tundra), but it’s largely incremental volume, not substitution – so not at the expense of another model.”