LandCruiser 300 Series delayed

Toyota’s all-new ’Cruiser a victim of COVID-related supply chain interruptions

The launch of one of the year’s most eagerly anticipated new vehicles, the Toyota LandCruiser 300 Series, has been delayed due to COVID-19 supply chain interruptions. 

Toyota Australia said customer deliveries of the highly anticipated LandCruiser 300 will be delayed after production in Japan was halted for part of August and most of September due to COVID-19 restrictions in South-East Asia that have led to parts shortages.

In late August, Nikkei Asia reported Toyota had announced temporary cuts to its September vehicle production with expectations of a 40% drop in its global output due to computer chip shortages and the impacts of coronavirus on its South-East Asia supply chain.

The news will be a blow for the tens of thousands of Queenslanders who rely on the rugged Toyota LandCruiser for their livelihoods and lifestyle, and who have been hanging on to replace their old vehicles in anticipation of the new model’s arrival. 

Toyota said a limited number of vehicles will still be in dealerships as demonstrator models nationally from early October, giving customers the opportunity to experience the new LandCruiser first-hand, including through test drives.

The company said it was continuing to work closely with its global production team to provide the latest information for dealers and to support our customers.

“Our dealers are contacting customers who have placed orders for the new LandCruiser 300 to update them on developments regarding their vehicle,” the company said in a statement. 

Boasting fresh styling and the latest Toyota Safety Sense electronics, the 300 Series is based on a new TNGA platform and features greater body rigidity, reduced mass, better weight distribution and a lower centre of gravity.

Other attributes of the new model include a more powerful turbo diesel engine, advanced driving technologies, improved suspension, and increased wheel articulation.

Describing the new LandCruiser 300 Series as “a giant leap forward in 4WD performance and technology,” an earlier statement from Toyota said the redesigned next-generation LandCruiser offered unrivalled capabilities, on and off the road, V8-beating performance from a twin-turbo V6 diesel engine, along with greater rigidity, lower weight, and improved suspension articulation.