This could be the one mountain the Land Cruiser can't climb.
The Toyota Land Cruiser is always in high demand. America might not be getting the new Land Cruiser at all, but ith its updated styling and powertrains, it's even more sought-after than the last generation was. A number of aftermarket companies are eager to get their hands on the latest Land Cruiser, with some looking to change its purpose from an off-roader to a sporty luxury SUV and others looking to make it something akin to a tank. Sadly, while everyone wants one, not everyone is able to have one. Chip shortages (and shortages related to other components) have been severely impacting Toyota's production, and it seems that the situation is only going to decline before it improves.
One country that is fortunate enough to get the Land Cruiser is Australia, although there have already been a number of delays in the off-roader's arrival there. The new vehicle was due to arrive in local dealerships there within a few weeks before production shortages curtailed this. Now, the Land Cruiser will arrive on, but unfortunately, its arrival will be something of a tease, reports Drive. According to the Australian publication, buyers are already facing a queue of orders that could stretch from six to 12 months, and these new vehicles set to arrive in dealers soon can't even be sold. Instead, this initial batch of deliveries is being made with strict instructions that the 2022 Land Cruisers only be used as demonstrator vehicles and may not be sold.
According to one dealer, this is so that more customers get the opportunity to take a new LC for a test drive and learn its features. Still, the dealer concedes that this will be very frustrating for all buyers who see the vehicle, get to experience it, but can't buy it. Everyone is in the same boat though, and the dealer says that all it can do is explain to each customer that the customer before them also wanted to buy the car.
Basically, the crux of the matter is that Toyota's newest, and possibly most important, model has arrived for the world to see, but there's absolutely no sign as to when the world will actually get to take ownership of it in any meaningful way. While there are signs that the semiconductor chip shortage will begin to alleviate in 2022, this mountain seems like the only one the Land Cruiser won't be able to climb anytime soon.