Printed-out guidelines of expected customer wait times are being offered by several east coast dealers, subject to change based on the Toyota build process. We saw some of these guidelines on car forums, while others we’ve seen ourselves.
One thing for sure is that nearly all Toyotas remain affected to greater or lesser degrees by global stock shortages pinned on COVID shutdowns in the supply chain and the worldwide semiconductor crunch.
For instance, the wait periods multiple dealers are telling customers to expect are around 18-24 months on a newly ordered Toyota RAV4 Hybrid and 12-24 months on a Toyota Camry hybrid – two cars in huge demand on account of today’s record fuel prices.
This writer knows several people who were quoted 18-month waits on their RAV4 hybrids over the past few weeks, so this one checks out.
The average suggested lead times on the LandCruiser 300 Series are likewise listed as 18-24 months – we know the related Lexus LX also has year-long waits as well – while the LandCruiser 70 is listed as subject to wait times of between three and four years, “or never”.
This lattermost figure might be hyperbole, and was contested by TMC.
For its part, Toyota Australia acknowledges the long waits but says there’s not really a one-size-fits-all wait time, because each dealership has different pipelines.
“Demand for new vehicles is at unprecedented levels. In Australia, to support the strong demand, Toyota Australia been working closely with our global production teams to secure as many vehicles for our market as possible,” it said.
“Wait times vary depending on the model, variant and specification requirements of each customer. The RAV4 Hybrid, Camry Hybrid, LandCruiser 70 and LandCruiser 300 are in particularly high demand and currently have longer wait times.
“Due to the evolving nature of this situation, Toyota dealers are best placed to continue to provide updates to customers on delivery timeframes for individual orders.”
Which brings us back to where we started…
Things don’t appear set to improve immediately either. Toyota Motor Corp. last week slashed its projected June factory output for the third time in as many weeks, downgrading the monthly production target to approximately 750,000 units.
Toyota still says to expect a group-wide output of 9.7 million cars in this Japanese fiscal year (ending March 31), down from an initial projection of 11 million cars when it thought the global supply chain would bounce back this year.
Losing around 1.3 million vehicles from global allocation (best-case scenario, by appearances) will send waves throughout all key Toyota regions, not least of all Australia where the company commands north of 20 per cent market share.
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