Toyota LandCruiser 70 series order books will remain closed for another six months

Toyota Australia says it will have to go through the more than 10,000 customers waiting for a LandCruiser 70 series before it starts taking more orders.

The Toyota LandCruiser 70 series remains sold out indefinitely as the company confirmed overnight that order books are not expected to reopen for at least six months.

Some Toyota dealers have even posted estimated delivery times of “never”, in a sign of frustration.

Toyota Australia sales and marketing boss Sean Hanley told a Sydney news conference that overnight order books would remain closed for “at least six months”. However, even when this deadline approaches, it could be extended again.

Toyota’s top executive declined to say how many customers were expecting, but said delivery dates stretched over more than a year for the LandCruiser 70 series – the oldest model in the company’s lineup .

Given that Toyota sold between 10,000 and 12,000 examples of the LandCruiser 70 series in each of the previous two years, Conduct understands that there are at least 10,000 customers in the queue.

“We are working to increase our production capacity with this car,” Hanley said.

“It’s quite unique in our country and we want to meet that demand.

“We have a sizable order bank (but) we still have a year before we wipe it out.”

The Toyota executive said order books would remain closed because “we need to put those customers first, which is why we have taken the steps we have.”

Joshua Dowling has been a motoring journalist for over 20 years, spending most of his time working for the Sydney Morning Herald (as motoring editor and an early member of the Drive team) and News Corp Australia. He joined CarAdvice/Drive in 2018 and was a World Car of the Year judge for over 10 years.

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