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The truth about Toyota Hybrid delays: Corolla, Camry and RAV4

Some Toyota dealers are quoting delays of up to 12 months on hybrid models, but the company says those claims are exaggerated.
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Toyota Australia says reports of 12-month delays on certain hybrid models are greatly exaggerated, and most cars on the waiting list will be delivered in less than half that time.

CarAdvice readers have claimed some Toyota dealers are quoting delivery times of up to a year on certain Toyota hybrid models.

However, a statement from Toyota Australia issued to CarAdvice this week said: “The supply outlook for hybrid is good, and in most cases is what we would define as a reasonable wait time of three to four months”.

The one exception is the delay on Toyota RAV4 Cruiser Hybrid (pictured in front of Toyota's current hybrid range, below) “which could be up to six months”.

However, Toyota added “the supply outlook for the first few months of next year is very strong, so these waiting times are likely to reduce. (The RAV4 Cruiser Hybrid) may have a six-month wait for now, but that could come back to three or four months as supply improves early next year”.

Toyota Australia vice president, sales and marketing, Sean Hanley, said demand for hybrid versions of the new Corolla hatch, Camry sedan and RAV4 SUV had far exceeded expectations.

When forward ordering the new models, Toyota Australia had forecast about 40 per cent of the mix would be hybrid versions.

However, last month hybrids accounted for 47.5 per cent of Corolla sales, 77 per cent of Camry sales and 60 per cent of RAV4 orders.

Indeed, the latest figures show Toyota had its best month of hybrid sales in November, representing more than 20 per cent of its entire line-up for the first time.

Toyota has just added hybrid as an option on its C-HR city SUV, and will add a Yaris hybrid in the first half of 2020.

The company plans to have hybrid and or electric power across its entire model range by 2025, including the Toyota HiLux ute.