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Who will be left to buy the Toyota Land Cruiser 300 Series? V8 frenzy continues

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Sales of the Toyota LandCruiser 200 Series continue to boom. (image credit: Best Car Web)
Sales of the Toyota LandCruiser 200 Series continue to boom. (image credit: Best Car Web)

Toyota must surely be wondering who will be left to buy the incoming LandCruiser 300 Series, with sales of the existing LC200 series continuing to boom in 2021.

Fresh sales figures for the Australian market dropped today, and they show that love for the V8-powered LandCruiser is in no way abating, with the sales numbers continuing to grow, rather than plateau of even drop.

A massive 1326 LC200s were sold in February, up 16 per cent on the month before, and a huge 49.2 per cent year-to-date. That puts the LandCruiser on track to record around 15,000 sales this year, if it can sustain those numbers.

More impressive, the ageing icon shifted 15,000 units in 2020, too, up from around 13000 units in 2019.

That's a lot of vehicles, with the boom thought to be driven both by the increase in national holidaying thanks to border closures, and reports the new 300 Series will ditch the V8 diesel in favour of a six-cylinder diesel.

The new comes as Japanese publications point to the LandCruiser 300 Series revealed being pushed back from late March or early April to July, ahead of deliveries now kicking off from August or September.

That model is expected to usher in a new era of diesel tech for Toyota's icon, with a 3.3-litre, six-cylinder diesel to be offered, albeit it one that's expected to out-punch the current 200 Series in all the ways that matter.

Andrew Chesterton
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Andrew Chesterton should probably hate cars. From his hail-damaged Camira that looked like it had spent a hard life parked at the end of Tiger Woods' personal driving range, to the Nissan Pulsar Reebok that shook like it was possessed by a particularly mean-spirited demon every time he dared push past 40km/h, his personal car history isn't exactly littered with gold. But that seemingly endless procession of rust-savaged hate machines taught him something even more important; that cars are more than a collection of nuts, bolts and petrol. They're your ticket to freedom, a way to unlock incredible experiences, rolling invitations to incredible adventures. They have soul. And so, somehow, the car bug still bit. And it bit hard. When "Chesto" started his journalism career with News Ltd's Sunday and Daily Telegraph newspapers, he covered just about everything, from business to real estate, courts to crime, before settling into state political reporting at NSW Parliament House. But the automotive world's siren song soon sounded again, and he begged anyone who would listen for the opportunity to write about cars. Eventually they listened, and his career since has seen him filing car news, reviews and features for TopGear, Wheels, Motor and, of course, CarsGuide, as well as many, many others. More than a decade later, and the car bug is yet to relinquish its toothy grip. And if you ask Chesto, he thinks it never will.
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