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Toyota Land Cruiser turns 60

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The 60th birthday edition is expected to sell well, with many orders coming from owners of 40th and 50th Anniversary specials.
The 60th birthday edition is expected to sell well, with many orders coming from owners of 40th and 50th Anniversary specials.

Toyota says the limited edition of about 2000 units has more than $5000 of extra equipment compared with the 200-Series GXL on which it's based.

Dealers have strong interest in the edition because previous Anniversary models are highly-prized on the used-car lot. Many orders are from owners of 40th and 50th Anniversary specials.

Added features include leather cabin trim, bluetooth-compatible touch-screen satellite navigation with a four-CD changer, leather-trim steering wheel and gearshift lever, silver roof rails and 60th anniversary badges.

The V8 bi-turbo diesel model goes up in price by $76 because it also gets the Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS), which is normally a $3250 option. All V8 petrol Land Cruisers have KDSS as standard.

Prices for the 60th Anniversary petrol model start at $79,990 and the turbo-diesel is $90,990. The ratio of diesel to petrol versions to go on sale is as much as seven-to-one because Toyota sees diesel buyers as the primary market.

Paint colours feature the new Shimmer Blue which is unique to the special-edition model. Also available is Crystal Pearl - previously only on the Sahara model - or Graphite.

All new Land Cruisers, including the 60th Anniversary edition, are covered by Toyota Service Advantage, which caps the price for a standard scheduled service at $210 during the first three years or 60,000km.

Neil Dowling
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GoAutoMedia Cars have been the corner stone to Neil’s passion, beginning at pre-school age, through school but then pushed sideways while he studied accounting. It was rekindled when he started contributing to magazines including Bushdriver and then when he started a motoring section in Perth’s The Western Mail. He was then appointed as a finance writer for the evening Daily News, supplemented by writing its motoring column. He moved to The Sunday Times as finance editor and after a nine-year term, finally drove back into motoring when in 1998 he was asked to rebrand and restyle the newspaper’s motoring section, expanding it over 12 years from a two-page section to a 36-page lift-out. In 2010 he was selected to join News Ltd’s national motoring group Carsguide and covered national and international events, launches, news conferences and Car of the Year awards until November 2014 when he moved into freelancing, working for GoAuto, The West Australian, Western 4WDriver magazine, Bauer Media and as an online content writer for one of Australia’s biggest car groups. He has involved himself in all aspects including motorsport where he has competed in everything from motocross to motorkhanas and rallies including Targa West and the ARC Forest Rally. He loves all facets of the car industry, from design, manufacture, testing, marketing and even business structures and believes cars are one of the few high-volume consumables to combine a very high degree of engineering enlivened with an even higher degree of emotion from its consumers.
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