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Nearly every single one of Toyota Australia’s models now have a wait time of at least six months, according to information passed onto the brand’s local dealers.
Of course, times will vary from dealer to dealer, but at least one outlet is quoting times of up to four years or “never” on one model – the LandCruiser 70 Series.
Of note, the RAV4 is due to be updated later this year, and customers ordering the mid-size SUV are advised that prices are likely to go up and specs will likely be different for the incoming model.
However, for the Yaris, HiLux workmate and non-hybrid versions of the Corolla (hatch and sedan), RAV4 and C-HR, wait times are as little as six months.
While Toyota Australia wouldn’t provide an average wait time list like Hyundai has provided its dealers, the Japanese brand said customers should contact their local outlets for the latest up-to-date information.
“Demand for new vehicles is at unprecedented levels,” a spokesperson said. “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.
“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 ever-evolving nature of this situation Toyota dealers are best placed to continue to provide updates to our customers on delivery timeframes for individual orders.”
However, Toyota also announced this week that further production lines will be suspended “due to the continued impact of a COVID-19 outbreak at one of our suppliers”.
The brand said in statement that is tricky to forecast production numbers for the future, and that “there is a possibility that the production plan may be lower”, but that is will “continue to make every effort possible to deliver as many vehicles to our customers at the earliest date”.