The local story began back in the 1950s when construction magnate Sir Leslie Thiess imported a handful of the original Cruisers for work on the the Snowy Mountains Hydro Electric Scheme. The LandCruiser, in many guises, went on to become a popular series of work, and then play, trucks.
Toyota Australia's sales and marketing director says LandCruiser has demonstrated its competitiveness and dependability since the first prototype was delivered in January 1951.
"LandCruiser underpinned Toyota's development in Australia and, in many regional and remote areas, remains the vehicle of choice in tough conditions where quality, durability and reliability are paramount."
The Cruiser park includes 280,000 wagons, including the current 200 Series; 310,000 'military' versions as seen in the 70 Series line-up; plus 160,000 LandCruiser Prados. Next year the range grows again with the retro-inspired, short wheelbase FJ Cruiser.
And in this 60th year of the Japanese four-wheel drive Toyota Australia has released a limited edition anniversary model. Based on a 200 Series GXL, the special adds leather interior trim, satellite navigation and the Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System to the package.