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2014 Toyota Kluger will come from US

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    The 2014 Toyota Kluger is for Australia and the United States, with a few for Russia.

American families will provide the power for a new Toyota Kluger in 2014.

The new hauler is aimed into the American heartland and that means both the design and production will be focussed on the USA, even for Australia. The Kluger is expected to continue with a familiar package - five or seven seats, front or all-wheel drive, V6 or four-cylinder power - but is getting a major overhaul. In Australia, that means the newcomer will land around the middle of the year on boats from America, not Japan.

“That's where it's going to be produced, for the whole world,” the new chief of sales and marketing for Toyota Australia, Tony Cramb, tells Carsguide. “It's essentially just for us in Australia and the United States, with a few for Russia. It's too big for Europe, they don't sell it in Japan, and for emerging markets its too high-specification.”

Cramb says the Kluger is a solid seller in Australia but admits it was almost lost for a time. “It's perfect for Australia. But we had to fight hard for it. We nearly lost it in the last generation,” he reveals. “It's definitely a good volume vehicle for us. It's not core like Corolla or HiLux, but there is definitely a market for us.”

Cramb refuses to be specific about changes to the 2014 Kluger, although he is not convinced on the need for a hybrid model being developed for America. “At this point in time we're saying the timing is in the first half of next year. It's a totally-different looking car. We haven't set the engines yet.

“There is a hybrid for the US, but we probably won't get it. We can't put the business case for it, it doesn't quite work for us.” But he says switching the supply line to America works on the financial front, both for customers and Toyota Australia. “It's a good move for us, because we sell our locally-made cars to the Middle East in American dollars. And we buy the HiLux in American dollars out of Thailand. It balances the portfolio for us.”

This reporter is on Twitter: @paulwardgover


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  • Why no hybrid? Are they for real? When hybrids are the way of the future and save you so much fuel. Please Toyota re-think this absurd thinking and bring the hybrid to Australia you will definitely sell a lot of them - including one to me.

    Eric Boothman of tamworth Posted on 10 November 2013 8:04pm
  • What ever you do, dont buy one. Toyota aren't supporting it effectively and you will be waiting forever for parts. We have been told 3-4 weeks to get parts to fix ours because they have to bring them in from Japan.

    Gerard of Brisbane Posted on 15 October 2013 9:53am
  • I wonder what they call "attractive"?? Kluger is a very eye catching vehicle.

    Barney Posted on 22 September 2013 12:33pm
  • And that is your opinion, Michael of North Queensland and Obyone ... what car do you drive and people will say it is ugly. It's all subjective, so why bother even posting a negative comment.

    DaerthFader of Sydney Posted on 13 September 2013 2:04pm
  • That is "really really really" ugly - actually a lot like most Toyotas

    Michael of North Queensland Posted on 12 August 2013 9:08pm
  • And I thought the current model was a trifle ugly!!!!

    Obyone Posted on 12 August 2013 12:34pm
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