Toyota FJ Cruiser production to continue, Land Cruiser redesign coming soon
There’s a lot of stories in the air about Toyota’s future plans, so when we got the opportunity to have a chat with Takayuki Yoshitsugu, the new boss at Toyota Middle East & North Africa, we asked him some direct questions, two of which were about their 4×4 line-up. There’s good news.
Firstly, all U.S. publications are reporting that FJ Cruiser production will end this year. That’s inaccurate. The Japanese-built FJ Cruiser will not pass stringent new fuel-economy regulations in the States, so it will be discontinued in that market only. But production will actually continue, and it will carry on in other markets, such as the GCC. We were also told the same by a Dubai dealer rep when we bought one earlier this year.
The 2015 Land Cruiser is also slated to get some sort of redesign, and will probably come this winter, as per word on the street. Takayuki-san was tight-lipped about it, but he more or less confirmed that we should expect something. Given that the Land Cruiser usually has a decade-long life-cycle, it will probably be a second facelift.
We’ll post the full interview later, about Toyota’s other future plans and other interesting tidbits.