It sounds like the Toyota LandCruiser 200 Series’ time is very nearly up in Australia, with the brand’s top executives declining to confirm the vehicle is still being produced in Japan as international reports point to the factories shutting down LC200 lines and switching to 300 Series production.
While the model’s sales are booming, the brand is staying coy on exactly where those cars are coming from, with CarsGuide expecting that those sales are a result of clever ordering from Toyota, with most of those vehicles already in Australia.
In fact, when asked directly whether the Japanese factories are still producing examples of the 200 Series, the answer was a resounding no comment.
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"We've still got supply of LandCruiser 200," said Toyota Australia's sales and marketing chief, Sean Hanley.
When pressed further on whether the factories were still in operation, he answered: "I'm not going to comment any further on LandCruiser into relation to production."
The LandCruiser 200 Series had one of its strongest months on record in March, with the sales soaring skyward even as the new 300 Series prepares for its debut.
Figures released by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries yesterday show the Toyota LandCruiser Wagon at 2244 units sold in March, up a staggering 78 per cent month-on-month, and 60.7 per cent year-to-date.
"LandCruiser 200 is selling its head off," Mr Hanley said. "We're seeing extraordinary demand."
But for how much longer is the question, with international reports suggesting production on the LC200 ceased at the end of March, and anecdotal reports from dealers suggesting stock is running thin.