The Toyota LandCruiser 200 Series has posted a record half-year result in 2021 – despite the all-new replacement Toyota LandCruiser 300 arriving soon.
Australians have continued to buy large four-wheel drive in record numbers so far in 2021, as international travel remains a pipe dream amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Along with four-wheel drive utes continuing to dominate the overall sales charts in Australia, other four-wheel drive models are also enjoying a surge in popularity.
Toyota’s LandCruiser continues to sell in record numbers despite having one foot out of the door.
Sales typically slow down to a trickle when a model is close to being superseded, and manufacturers are often forced to offer discount prices to keep moving metal.
That’s not the case with the Toyota LandCruiser 200 Series, however.
Despite production ending in March to make room for the hotly-anticipated 300 Series LandCruiser, Toyota has managed to produce high numbers of the LandCruiser 200 to meet a surge in demand.
Toyota sold 1035 examples of its 200 Series LandCruiser wagon in an overall weak June 2021.
It's worth pointing out these figures don't include the 76 Series wagon (559) and 78 Series Troop Carrier (124), which we asked Toyota to split out for us.
This culminates in 10,803 total LandCruiser 200 Series sales so far for the first half 2021, which is a massive 70.3 per cent increase over the same period last year.
The increase in demand – which 'exceeded the expectations' of Toyota Australia – has also led to a jump in second-hand prices of V8-powered LandCruisers.
It also leaves the LandCruiser outselling its direct competitor, the Nissan Patrol, by more than six-fold, with 1453 examples of the Y62 Patrol reported as sold to the end of June in 2021.
It’s worth pointing out the large discrepancy isn’t from a lack of demand: Nissan continues to sell every Patrol that lands in Australia, and is looking forward to an increased supply later in the year.
Now that a twin-turbo diesel V6 has been confirmed for the 300 Series LandCruiser (pictured above), those who prefer V8 power will need to look beyond Toyota to sate their appetites, if the 70 Series LandCruiser doesn't suit their taste.