Toyota Australia has stopped accepting customer orders for the long-serving LandCruiser 70 Series four-wheel-drive – just months before an update arrives in local showrooms.
Order books for the 2022 Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series four-wheel-drive have temporarily closed in Australia, as wait times at some dealerships stretch beyond four years.
Toyota Australia announced today it has “paused order-taking” for the LandCruiser 70 Series range “due to supply and demand factors”, which have “resulted in extended wait times for customers.”
As reported by Drive Last month, some Toyota dealers are quoting wait times of “four years or never”, as high demand mixes with restricted supply and regular production interruptions due to parts shortages and COVID-19 outbreaks in Japan.
No date has been announced for orders to resume, as the 70 Series’ “popularity among Australian customers remains at historical highs,” according to Toyota Australia.
In a media statement, Toyota Australia Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Franchise Operations, Sean Hanley, said: “The Toyota team has been working diligently to deliver a record number of vehicles with extraordinary support from our parent company,”
“At the same time, strong demand and industry-wide supply challenges globally mean we simply cannot fulfil orders more quickly.
“Therefore, we have decided to pause new customer orders for the LandCruiser 70 Series. Dealers will be in direct contact with customers about wait times for individual existing orders over the coming months.
“We are monitoring the global supply situation closely and will continue to make decisions based on the best interests of our customers and dealers.
“I understand this news will be disappointing and want to sincerely apologise to our customers and assure them we will continue to provide updates as further information becomes available.”
The shock decision to stop taking orders for the Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series has prompted some enthusiasts to speculate this is because the V8 diesel could soon be replaced by a V6 diesel (as is the case with the Toyota LandCruiser 300 Series).
However, this is simple speculation and Toyota will not disclose future model plans.
The LandCruiser 70 Series is not the only Toyota vehicle to face closed order books, as new orders for the GR Yaris hot hatch were closed 12 months ago – and have yet to resume.
Long wait times are being faced across a number of Toyota models – including the RAV4 Hybrid family SUV and newer LandCruiser 300 Series four-wheel-drive.
The Toyota LandCruiser 70 Series was due for an update this November – however it appears this will only feed on to buyers currently in the queue, rather than any new order holders.
As reported, this update will see advanced safety technology added – and the move into the ‘light truck’ category, in order to sidestep new crash-safety regulations.