Toyota LandCruiser 300 orders are open, but wait times aren't clear

COVID and semiconductors have hobbled LandCruiser production, meaning Aussies who order one might be in the dark on delivery timing for a bit

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Toyota will continue to take pre-orders for the supply-restricted new LandCruiser 300 Series but says it can’t give buyers any timeframe on when they’ll take delivery just yet.

The company is battling against range-wide supply issues due to semiconductor shortages and COVID-led factory shutdowns, as detailed in depth here.

Three-quarters of its models are subject to average wait times of up to six months, though these figures have a deal of variance depending on which franchise dealer you talk to.

The brand-new LandCruiser 300 is among the most keenly-affected by this dramatic situation, as one of the market’s most anticipated new cars among buyers desperate for a big post-lockdown regional getaway.

Toyota officially launches the new LandCruiser to media this month, and has pledged to send 500 units to its nationwide dealer network as demonstrators, designed to give punters a crack behind the wheel before they sign up.

While the company expects right-hand drive production to get back underway in Japan from November, and have some fresh stock on the ground by Christmas, big demand will see almost certainly see wait lists build up.

While the company expects right-hand drive production to get back underway in Japan from November, and have some fresh stock on the ground by Christmas, big demand will see almost certainly see wait lists build up.

“Given this is an evolving situation and to support our guests and dealers, we will not be confirming orders [delivery times] until they can be matched to a specific production month,” Toyota Australia vice-president Sean Hanley said this week.

“… We will continue to work closely with our global production team to secure as many vehicles as possible for Australia.

“We’ll have better clarity around the LandCruiser 300 situation towards the end of October and we’ll update our dealers and our customers accordingly.

“At this stage, we are unable to confirm our go-forward position in relation to the car, but we are hopeful of having cars on the road, a certain amount of cars, at least on the road before Christmas.

“… While we expect production for Australia at this stage in November, what we’ll do is we’ll reconfirm those orders when we can match them against the specific production date or production month, that way we can give certainty to the customer.”

When pressed on early demand for the vehicle, Mr Hanley said the company had taken more than 10,000 expressions of interest, and added he was confident that supplies would hit the ground in 2022.

“I expect the sales will be strong and the excitement around that car has been exceptional,” he said optimistically.

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