Toyota LandCruiser 200 Series production is about to get a boost to make up for recent factory slowdowns during the coronavirus crisis – and meet an unexpected surge in demand.
While the Japanese factory that produces the Toyota LandCruiser 200 Series did not close during the COVID-19 lockdowns, output was reportedly reduced by about 20 per cent.
However, to make up for lost ground – and respond to an unexpected increase in demand – the Toyota LandCruiser 200 Series factory will dramatically boost output in the next three months.
According to estimates provided to Toyota dealers, production of the LandCruiser 200 Series will increase by between 25 and 70 per cent in July, August and September before returning to normal output levels for the remainder of the year.
Toyota Australia would not confirm the production changes, but in a statement to CarAdvice the company said: “Orders placed vary from month to month and (Toyota Australia) has increased this in July. We are confident there is sufficient stock to meet customer orders in July and August.”
The timing is of interest to Toyota LandCruiser fans amid widespread speculation the next generation model will switch to V6 rather than V8 power.
Toyota is yet to confirm when the Toyota LandCruiser 300 Series – as it has been dubbed by enthusiasts and media – is due to arrive in local showrooms or what engines will power it, however numerous reports claim a V6 turbo diesel and V6 petrol hybrid are on the cards.
Toyota Australia has repeatedly said the new Toyota LandCruiser will continue to be a capable vehicle and the company is aware of the demands of its customers.
In the meantime, buyer demand for the current Toyota LandCruiser remains strong despite it approaching the end of its 14-year model cycle.
Sales of the Toyota LandCruiser wagon – which also includes a number of 70 Series – in the first five months of this year are down by only 10 per cent in an overall car market that is down by 24 per cent.
Dealers have told CarAdvice some buyers are coming in to grab what they believe is one of the last V8s, while others are treating themselves to a Toyota LandCruiser so they can holiday at home rather than spend big on an overseas trip.