The new Toyota LandCruiser 300 Series might be on everyone’s mind, but it was the rivalling Nissan Patrol that made all the noise in September 2021, when it obliterated the monthly sales record for its current Y62 series that launched in January 2013.
In total, 700 examples of the Y62 Patrol were sold in September 2021, eclipsing the previous monthly record set in August 2021 by 194 units – or a massive 38.3 per cent – and easily beating the transitioning LandCruiser (227) in the process.
In fact, five of the Y62 Patrol’s 10 best sales months have been recorded in 2021 thus far, and with another three months to go before the year is over, that number could continue to climb.
And the likelihood of the Y62 Patrol continuing its hot streak is high, with Nissan Australia revealing it has “good levels of new Patrol stock arriving over the coming months, with a significant proportion already sold to customers”.
That said, buyers that aren’t already in the Y62 Patrol queue are in luck, with Nissan Australia confirming “delivery times (are) currently around two to three months from order”, so an extra special Christmas present is still a possibility.
Comparatively, the LC300 is already facing delivery wait times of up to 12 months due to a combination of expected high demand and unexpected production cuts ahead of its local release, which was originally scheduled for October 2021.
However, once the LC300 does start to fulfil orders, expect its monthly sales results to comfortably overtake that of the Y62 Patrol. After all, the preceding – and aged – 200 Series has outsold it at about a four-to-one ratio year-to-date, to September 2021.
But those that lust for a big V8 will have turn to the Y62 Patrol and its 298kW/560Nm 5.6-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine, as the LC300 is infamously exclusively motivated by a 227kW/700Nm 3.3-litre turbo-diesel V6, whereas the LC200 had a bent eight.
Either way, with international travel still off the cards for the vast majority of Australians, new-vehicle buyers continue to invest in upper-large SUVs that can help them instead tour the country – you know, like the Y62 Patrol and LandCruiser.