Production of the new SUV has been severely impacted.
Unlike most automakers, Toyota has been largely unaffected by the ongoing semiconductor chip shortage thanks to its large chip stockpile. But with chip supplies running out and the Covid-19 Delta variant spreading in Southeast Asia, the Japanese automaker was forced to make a difficult decision and cut global production by 40% as of last month.
As a result of these shutdowns, Toyota expects to lose production of 140,000 new vehicles in Japan and a combined 208,000 vehicles in North America, Europe, and China. Unfortunately, this will affect one of Toyota's most important new models: the 300 Series Land Cruiser.
According to Australia's Drive, deliveries of the new Toyota Land Cruiser are being delayed, but it isn't clear how much longer orders will take to be fulfilled. Toyota says dealers will advise customers of updated delivery schedules over the next few weeks and months "as global production is confirmed." In Australia, a "limited number" of next-generation Land Cruiser models will be available in showrooms from early October, but these will be used as demonstrator SUVs for test drives.
"Toyota Australia is continuing to work closely with our global production team to provide the latest information for dealers and to support our customers," Toyota Australia said in a statement.
"Our dealers are contacting customers who have placed orders for the new Land Cruiser 300 to update them on developments regarding their vehicle. Due to this evolving situation, Toyota will continue to provide updates as global production is confirmed. Toyota sincerely apologizes to customers for any inconvenience caused."
In Japan, demand for the new Land Cruiser is so high that deliveries are delayed by at least a year for orders placed after August 2. Unfortunately, Toyota currently has no plans to launch the new Land Cruiser in the US, but the next-generation Lexus LX could fill the void since it's traditionally a rebadged Land Cruiser in any case. The reveal of this, however, has also been delayed.