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2015 Toyota LandCruiser Prado Press Kit



** All-new turbo-diesel engine, revised petrol V6 - both Euro 5 compliant **
** Efficient new six-speed auto, plus updates to safety and convenience **
** Prado is Australia's best-selling large SUV **

Toyota has powered-up its market-leading LandCruiser Prado with higher levels of performance and driving enjoyment by introducing a new-generation turbo-diesel engine, improved petrol V6 and new six-speed automatic transmission.

The all-new high-torque 2.8-litre four-cylinder engine is 227cm3 smaller than the engine it replaces, yet it boosts output with up to 450Nm of torque while reducing fuel use and emissions1.

Prado's V6 petrol engine has been upgraded to produce a further 5kW of power while also lowering emissions. Both engines are Euro 5 compliant with the diesel now being fitted with a particulate filter.

The two engines can be driven through a newly developed efficient six-speed automatic transmission with the first adoption in a Toyota vehicle of technology that monitors acceleration and other driving conditions to determine the most effective use of high-speed gears.

Other transmission technologies designed for optimum performance and economy include artificial-intelligence shift control to enhance engine braking and acceleration response. A six-speed manual gearbox is available with the diesel engine on the first two grades, GX and GXL.

The updates for Prado also introduce satellite navigation2 to the volume-selling GXL variants while the range-topping Kakadu gains rear cross-traffic alert3, which is designed to warn of approaching traffic when reversing from a parking space.

Toyota's executive director sales and marketing Tony Cramb said customers will appreciate the gains to performance, ease of driving, efficiency and cabin quietness in the luxurious yet rugged Prado SUV.

"More than ever, LandCruiser Prado is the 'real deal' for any adventure - tough and reliable for everything from regular family duties to long-distance travel over rugged terrain," Mr Cramb said.

"The latest improvements will enhance Prado's rock-solid reputation by expanding the on-road performance, driving pleasure, convenience and safety that are important to customers."

Prado has the distinction of being the first vehicle in Toyota's range to be powered by the company's latest turbo-diesel engine technology, which enhances smooth driving, brisk acceleration and cabin quietness.

The new turbo-diesel will also be offered with the eighth-generation HiLux and the new Fortuner SUV, both of which are due to arrive in local dealerships from October.

Designated 1GD-FTV, the common-rail diesel is the result of an intensive engineering focus on component design to ensure high combustion efficiency, minimal vibration and friction, and low weight.

Unique to the Prado version of this engine is a counter-balance shaft for added smoothness. A chain drive is used instead of a belt for greater reliability.

Maximum torque of 450Nm with the new six-speed auto represents a gain of 9.75 per cent over the previous diesel drivetrain with its five-speed shifter.

At the same time, fuel consumption and emissions have improved by around six per cent at just 8.0 litres/100km1 for the auto on the combined cycle.

Mating the new diesel engine to the proven six-speed manual transmission produces an even better 7.9 litres/100km1 - an improvement of 10.2 per cent.

The biggest fuel-economy gains with both transmissions will be noticed around town - 13 per cent for the manual and 8.5 per cent for the auto.

Prado's V6 petrol engine has also benefited from refinements that have extracted more power, peaking at 207kW, while lowering emissions by 1.8 per cent1 and achieving Euro 5 certification for the first time in Australia.

The 4.0-litre DOHC engine gains new injectors that improve the fuel flow and atomisation. Its exhaust system has been modified to improve gas flow and cylinder scavenging while the engine ECU has revised mapping.

The 1GR-FE engine with dual variable valve timing with intelligence - which controls phasing on both the intake and exhaust camshafts to optimise torque and fuel efficiency - is paired with Prado's new six-speed automatic transmission.

Amid all the changes, Prado's line-up remains consistent: diesel-only GX is available with five or seven seats while seven-seat GXL, VX and Kakadu offer the choice of engines. The two higher grades are auto only.

The addition of satellite navigation to the popular GXL grade brings the convenience of this technology to the vast majority of Prado buyers. GXL - including the special-edition "Altitude" diesel based on this grade - accounts for more than three-quarters of all Prado sales. VX and Kakadu are already equipped with this feature.

The system adds a "navigate to destination" function for the GXL's Toyota Link4 connected mobility menu. It also brings three more speakers - a total of nine.

Prado's substantial updates arrive less than two years after the range was comprehensively freshened with bolder exterior styling, a more refined interior and even better handling.

Since the original Prado debuted in 1996, local sales have topped 237,000 to make it Australia's best-selling SUV over the past 19 years.

This year, Prado is again leading sales of large SUVs with 8,925 deliveries to the end of July, 829 ahead of stablemate Kluger in second place.

The updated Prado range starts at $52,9906 for the five-seat GX manual diesel. Automatic transmission adds $2,000 and diesel comes with a premium of just $1,000 over the equivalent petrol variant.

Price changes for the updated Prado range from less than 0.5 per cent to 2.6 per cent.

From January 1 this year, Toyota lopped between $2,730 and $7,630 from the recommended retail prices of the Prado range in advance of duty reductions flowing from the Australia-Japan free-trade agreement.

LandCruiser Prado is covered by Toyota Service Advantage capped-price servicing at $220 per service7.



Manual Automatic Automatic
GX 5-seat $52,990 $54,990 -
GX 7-seat $55,490 $57,490 -
GXL $59,990 $61,990 $60,990
VX - $73,990 $72,990
Kakadu - $84,490 $83,490

Option: Premium paint $550


Prado GX:
• Five seats on GX (seven-seat option)
• Seven airbags
• Display audio and rear-view camera
• Trailer Sway Control
• Emergency brake signal
• Whiplash injury lessening front seats
• Vehicle stability control
• Active traction control (A-TRC)
• ABS with electronic brake-force distribution (EBD) and brake assist (BA)
• Air-conditioning
• Cruise control
• Smart entry and smart start
• Tilt and telescopic steering column adjustment
• 220-volt rear accessory socket
• Bluetooth®8 hands-free mobile telephone capability
• USB auxiliary input and iPod®9 control
• Audio and phone controls on the steering wheel
• Side mirror-mounted indicators
• Alloy wheels
• Conversation mirror
• UV-cut glass
• Maximum 2500kg towing capacity

Prado GX automatic:
• Hill-Start Assist Control (HAC)
• Downhill Assist Control (DAC)

Prado GXL (in addition to GX):
• Seven seats standard (including third row coverage of curtain-shield airbag)
• Satellite navigation2
• Toyota Link with "navigate to" function
• Nine speakers
• Climate-control three-zone air conditioning
• Rear parking sensors
• Alarm system
• Front fog lamps
• Roof rails
• Side steps
• Premium steering wheel
• Premium shift lever knob and handbrake lever
• Roller blind-type tonneau cover
• Sun visor extensions
• Privacy glass
• Two additional cup holders
• Heated and power-retractable exterior mirrors

Prado VX (in addition to GXL):
• Electronically modulated Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS) suspension
• 18-inch alloy wheels
• Automatic on/off LED headlamps and headlamp jet washers
• Rain-sensing intermittent wipers
• Leather-accented seats
• Heated front and second-row seats
• Power adjustment for the tilt and telescopic steering column
• Power-folding third-row seat
• Front parking sensors
• 17-speaker premium JBL audio
• DAB+ digital radio5
• Time-delay auto-cut headlights
• Electro-chromatic interior mirror
• Illuminated entry system
• Chrome interior door handles
• Luggage utility rails
• Full-colour multi-information display with steering wheel switch

Prado Kakadu (in addition to VX):
• Rear cross traffic alert
• Blind spot monitor
• Pre-crash safety system
• Radar cruise control with steering wheel-mounted controls
• Blu-ray rear-seat entertainment system
• Five-mode CRAWL control
• Four-camera Multi-Terrain Monitor
• Electronic rear differential lock
• Toyota Adaptive Variable Suspension
• Height-adjustable and auto-levelling rear air suspension
• Multi-Terrain Select (MTS) traction-control switch
• Moonroof
• Refrigerated cool box
• Enhanced ornamentation
• Key-linked driver's seat and steering column two-position memory pack

  GX GXL VX Kakadu
Type Petrol 1GR-FE
Cylinders - 6 cylinders, 60-degree V formation
Valves - 24-valve DOHC with dual VVT-i
Construction - Alloy block, alloy cross-flow heads
Bore x stroke - 94.0 x 95.0mm
Displacement - 3956cm3
Compression - 10.4:1
Fuel system - Electronic controlled sequential port fuel-injection
Max output - 207kW / 5600rpm
Max torque - 381Nm / 4400rpm
Type Turbo-diesel 1GD-FTV
Cylinders 4 cylinders, in line
Valves 16-valve DOHC
Bore x stroke 92.0 x 103.6mm
Displacement 2755cm3
Induction Variable nozzle turbocharger with intercooler
Compression 15.6:1
Fuel system Common-rail high-pressure direct injection
Max output 130kW / 3400rpm
Max torque 420Nm (man) / 1400-2600rpm, 450Nm (auto) / 1600-2400rpm
Driven wheels 4WD
Type Six-speed manual  
Code RA61F
Ratios 1st - 4.171
2nd - 2.190
3rd - 1.488
4th - 1.193
5th - 1.000
6th - 0.799
Reverse - 3.607
Final - 3.727
Type Six-speed automatic
Code AC60F
Ratios 1st - 3.600
2nd - 2.090
3rd - 1.488
4th - 1.000
5th - 0.687
6th - 0.580
Reverse - 3.732
Final - 3.909
Type Constant four-wheel drive
Transfer case Two-speed with lockable centre Torsen LSD
Transfer gear ratio (low) 2.566:1
Transfer gear ratio (high) 1.000:1
FUEL ECONOMY AND EMISSIONS1 (ADR 81/02 combined cycle)
Diesel - litres/100km
Combined 7.9 (man) / 8.0 (auto)
Urban 9.3 (man) / 9.7 (auto)
Extra-urban 7.1 (man) / 7.0 (auto)
g/km 208 (man) / 211 (auto)
Petrol - litres/100km (auto only)
Combined 11.6
Urban 15.5
Extra-urban 9.4
g/km 266
Type Variable-flow control, power-assisted, rack and pinion
Turning circle diameter (m) 11.6
Turns lock to lock 3.0
Length (mm) 4930 (with spare wheel on rear door)
Width (mm) 1885
Height (mm) 1845 1890 1880
Wheelbase (mm) 2790
Front track (mm) 1585
Rear track (mm) 1585
Ground clearance (mm) 220
Approach angle (deg) 32.0
Departure angle (deg) 25.0 24.0
Ramp-over angle (deg) 22.0
Max wading depth (mm) 700
Drag co-efficient (Cd) 0.35
Front Independent with upper and lower wishbones, coil springs, gas dampers and ball-joint mounted stabiliser bar
Rear Solid live axle, five-link system, upper and lower link trailing arms, Panhard rod, coil springs, gas dampers and ball-joint mounted stabiliser bar
VX, Kakadu Electronically modulated Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System
Kakadu Adaptive variable suspension and rear air suspension
Front Ventilated discs, 338 x 32mm, four-piston callipers
Rear Ventilated discs, 312 x 18mm, single-piston floating callipers
Note: Kerb, tare & payload weights are nominal and will vary depending on options & tray/body type.
Max kerb weight (kg) 2290-2355 (petrol); 2150-2435 (diesel)
Gross Vehicle Weight (kg) 2900 (petrol) / 2990 (diesel)
Seating (incl driver) Five (7 as option) 7
Main fuel tank (litres) 87
Sub fuel tank (litres) 63
Towing - unbraked (kg) 750
Towing - braked (kg) 2,500
Note: Towing capacity - Subject to state regulations, towbar design and towing equipment.

1 Fuel consumption and emissions vary depending on driving conditions / style, vehicle conditions and options / accessories. Source of fuel consumption data ADR81/02 combined.
2 Current navigation mapping database encompasses major capital and primary national road networks and offers some coverage in regional areas.
3 Rear cross traffic alert is a driver assist technology and should not be used as a substitute for safe driving practices. Driver should continue to monitor the road
4 Toyota Link is available on certain vehicle models and grades only. Toyota Link services rely on data from the driver's compatible mobile phone and information provided by third parties. Availability is dependent on a number of factors, including the availability of third party information, mobile service, sufficient mobile data allowance and GPS satellite signal reception. Mobile usage is at the user's cost. Toyota Australia reserves the right to add, remove or modify applications. Further information is provided at
5 Digital radio station coverage dependent on vehicle location.
6 Manufacturer's list price is provided for media purposes only and does not include statutory charges or other on-road costs.
7 Maximum payable for standard scheduled logbook servicing (normal operating conditions) until first of 3 years or 60,000kms (whichever occurs first) (up to the first 6 services). Excludes Government & Rental vehicles. Contact your Toyota Dealer or go to for other exclusions, eligibility and full details.
8 The Bluetooth® word mark is owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. Not all devices will be compatible and functionality varies depending on the device.
9 iPod® is a trademark of Apple, Inc. Not all devices will be compatible and functionality will vary depending on the device.

For more information, please contact:
Stephen Coughlan
Product Public Relations Manager
Tel: (02) 9710-3059
Mob: (0434) 442 261

Mike Breen
Manager Public Relations
Tel: (02) 9710 3341
Mob: (0418) 447 064

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Toyota's new generation turbo-diesel will make its global debut in Prado bringing an increase in performance, better fuel economy and new levels of quietness to the diesel variant of the SUV.

The latest diesel engine joins the V6 petrol which has been refined for a gain in power while reducing carbon emissions. Both units are Euro 5 compliant.

The update to Prado also sees a new six-speed automatic transmission replace the previous five-speed self-shifter delivering excellent fuel economy and improved driving versatility.

New diesel delivers more torque, less noise
Developed from the ground up, the Global Diesel (1GD) engine produces more torque and power than the outgoing larger capacity diesel it replaces while bringing a smoother, quieter driving experience.

When mated to the new six-speed automatic, the 2.8-litre four cylinder turbo diesel offers a stand out torque figure of 450Nm@1600-2400rpm.

The peak is a gain of 40Nm or more than 9.7 per cent over the previous 3.0-litre engine.

Maximum torque when combined with the six-speed manual gearbox is 420Nm. Full torque is available from a low 1400rpm right through to 2600rpm.

The new diesel sees a maximum power of 130kW at 3400rpm - a 2.4 per cent increase on the 127kW output of the outgoing larger engine.

Official combined fuel consumption and emissions have dropped with the arrival of the new diesel, with the manual gearbox 10 per cent more economical at 7.9 litres/100km*.

The automatic transmission returns a combined 8.0 litres/100km* - a 5.9 per cent improvement compared with the previous engine and its five-speed unit.

A newly developed variable nozzle Toyota turbocharger with intercooler adopts high-flow vanes, a high-response actuator, a rigid and efficient impeller, and a full-back turbine wheel.

The new turbocharger is more efficient than the previous unit - 30 per cent more compact and provides approximately 50 per cent faster response.

A major area of development for the 1GD engine was to produce a powerplant which is notably quieter and smoother, particularly when it is idling.

This was achieved in part by using a low friction timing chain rather than a belt drive, the introduction of a counterbalance shaft, refined component design and vibration management.

Engineers applied strict vibration management methods to the turbocharger and improved the rigidity of its mounts.

Significant work was also undertaken to tune the sound of the engine and reduce its noise level.

This includes specifically designing the shapes of the intake port, exhaust gas recirculation port and intake manifold to supress intake variation and the associated combustion noise in the cylinders.

In order to prevent the noise that is characteristic of turbo-diesel engines, the exhaust manifold has been designed to increase the thermal retention of the catalytic converter.

Adding an insulation cover to the oil pan and a new resin engine cover also contributes to a reduction in noise.

In the design and development of the new engine, a particular focus for Toyota's engineers was the introduction of innovative combustion technology.

As a result, thermal efficiency has improved to a maximum of 44 per cent with direct benefit for fuel economy.

Higher outputs and better fuel efficiency are supported by the 2755cc engine's electronically controlled common-rail fuel injection system.

With its 1GD-FTV designation, the new engine has high levels of combustion efficiency thanks to a water-cooled exhaust gas recirculation system, a swirl control valve on the intake manifold and a new piston shape being adopted.

Other efficiency measures include the low-friction timing chain and reducing the thickness of the cylinder head.

Changing the valve train to a roller rocker type with a high-efficiency vacuum pump and reducing the abrasion between sliding parts also deliver efficiency gains.

Towing capacity for Prado is 750kg unbraked and 2500kg braked#.

Refined petrol V6
Prado's four-litre quad cam V6 petrol engine has been refined, adding more power and Euro 5 compliance.

Revisions to the 3956cc engine have seen a 5kW increase in power over the previous version for a maximum 207kW at 5600rpm.

This was achieved by:
• upgrading the fuel injectors to improve the fuel flow and fuel atomisation
• modification to the exhaust system to improve gas flow and improve cylinder scavenging, and
• re-mapping of the engine electronic control unit.

Torque remains the same at a strong 381Nm at 4400rpm. Despite the increase in power output, emissions have been reduced.

Available only with the new six-speed automatic transmission, the V6 petrol engine returns 11.6 litres/100km* in combined driving.

New six-speed automatic adds intelligence
Both the diesel and petrol engine variants of Prado can be driven through a newly developed and efficient six-speed automatic transmission.

Designated AC60F, the new automatic transmission's gearing is specifically designed to optimise the performance of both engines.

A shorter ratio for the first gear results in increased start-off drive power and improved crawl speeds off-road compared with the previous five speed transmission. A longer third gear is then followed by a direct drive fourth gear. Five and sixth overdrive gears offer further fuel economy performance.

The six-speed Super Intelligent Electronically Controlled Transmission is equipped with Deceleration Downshift Control, Artificial Intelligence (AI)-SHIFT Control and High-speed Gear Effective Utilisation Control.

Deceleration Downshift Control aids the driver by selecting lower gears to suppress a reduction in engine speed when the vehicle is slowing down.

Artificial Intelligence (AI)-SHIFT Control enhances the responsiveness of accelerating and decelerating. The system ensures the current gear is maintained when the accelerator is suddenly released or shift down a gear when the accelerator is depressed.

High-speed Gear Effective Utilisation Control adapts to the driver's style and determines which of the high-speed gears is suitable based on the driving resistance and acceleration.

Proven suspension
Prado retains its double-wishbone front and five-link rear suspension, delivering excellent handling stability.

Toyota's Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS) is featured on VX and Kakadu for handling stability and ride comfort, with smooth front-to-rear weight transfer during cornering.

Developed in Australia, KDSS controls the front and rear stabiliser bars, controlling body roll for a more comfortable ride on road while allowing for long wheel stroke for excellent off-road traction.

Kakadu's Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) allows variable dampening of the shock absorbers to suit the driving conditions. Three modes are selectable in AVS: Comfort, Normal and Sport.

Tough when it gets rough
Prado is an accomplished off-roader with its constant full-time four-wheel drive and lockable Torsen centre differential with two-speed transfer case.

Kakadu retains Multi-Terrain Select (MTS) with five settings: rock and dirt, rock, mogul, loose rock, plus mud and sand.

Designed by Toyota to help drivers tackle tough off-road conditions with confidence, the system ensures maximum traction by controlling wheel spin and wheel lock-up.

When MTS is in operation, Kakadu drivers continue to have the additional support of Multi-Terrain Monitor. The system uses wide-angle camera technology to enable the driver to better ascertain the vehicle's position and clearance.

* Fuel consumption varies depending on driving conditions / style, vehicle conditions and options / accessories. Source of fuel consumption data ADR81/02 combined.
# Towing capacity is subject to state regulations, towbar design and towing equipment.

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Toyota has added even more safety and convenience to the top-selling LandCruiser Prado SUV.

Top-of-the-range Prado Kakadu now comes fitted with rear cross traffic alert (RCTA)*, which makes reversing out of a car space safer and easier, as standard.

The update also sees the volume-selling GXL receive an upgraded audio system and satellite navigation#.

It includes Suna™ Live Traffic Alerts** via the seven-inch colour touch screen. Unique to the updated GXL is the fitment of nine speakers - three more than in the previous model.

These new features expand on the already comprehensive list of standard equipment in Prado.

Kakadu's RCTA warns the driver of approaching vehicles that may not be visible in the rear view camera or door mirrors when reversing out of a parking space.

It's a further refinement of Toyota's blind spot monitor technology and uses millimetre wave radars to detect traffic about to pass the rear of the vehicle. When an approaching vehicle is detected it alerts the driver by flashing car-shaped pictograms in the side mirrors and sounding a warning buzzer.

RCTA operates when the reversing vehicle is travelling at less than 8km/h and vehicles are approaching from the left or right at the rear of the car at a speed between 8 and 28km/h.

RCTA joins Prado's already impressive active safety package. All grades feature a reversing camera, emergency brake signal and trailer sway control, all-terrain ABS brakes, electronic brakeforce distribution, brake assist, vehicle stability control and active traction control (A-TRC).

Standard equipment across the range also includes torque-sensing full-time four-wheel drive, wide track suspension and variable-flow control power-assisted steering.

All automatic models have hill-start assist control (HAC)* to prevent roll-back when moving away from rest on an incline and down hill assist control (DAC)* to ensure a constant speed during steep off-road descents.

Prado VX and Kakadu are fitted with Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (KDSS) while Kakadu also has adaptive variable suspension plus five-setting Toyota CRAWL* Control (off-road low-speed cruise control) and multi-terrain monitor with five mode multi-terrain select.

Stepping up into the Kakadu also adds Toyota's blind spot monitor along with active cruise control and the Toyota pre-crash safety system (PCS)* which uses a millimetre-wavelength radar sensor in the radiator grille.

Both VX and Kakadu come with an electrochromatic auto-dimming rear-view mirror.

Prado's excellent passive safety package includes seven SRS airbags and front-seat active head restraints on all grades.

Prado's seven airbags are: driver's airbag, driver's knee airbag, front-passenger airbag, front-seat side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags.

The curtain airbags are matched to the seating configuration of the specification - covering the second row in the five-seat GX and the third row in the seven-seat variants.

The announcement of the Prado updates gives GXL owners even more convenience with the addition of the updated audio unit.

This includes satellite navigation with Suna™ Live Traffic Alerts** which assists the driver by alerting them to upcoming traffic conditions. The system provides alternate route suggestions for the quickest way to a destination.

The new audio unit also sees GXL given three extra speakers (for a total of nine) for enhanced listening enjoyment.

All grades of Prado come with a seven-inch full-colour touch screen audio system, incorporating Bluetooth®## audio streaming and advanced audio coding (the default audio format for a wide range of devices and platforms).

Two devices can be operated through the system by plugging in a USB hub into the USB port^^.

The Radio Data System displays FM station identification and program information.

Prado VX and Kakadu have a premium JBL 17-speaker audio system.

Kakadu's Blu-ray rear seat entertainment system has a nine-inch screen with three wireless headphones.

GX and GXL grades have an LCD multi-information display (MID) that provides a host of useful information including instant and average fuel economy, cruising range and average speed.

On the two higher grades, the MID is viewed on a full-colour 4.2-inch thin film transistor screen. Operated via a switch on the steering wheel, it includes a five-second opening animation when the car is started and assists off-road driving with a display of vehicle pitch and roll, as well as graphics showing traction control operation at each wheel and differential lock settings.

In Kakadu, it also provides graphics showing the status of Multi-Terrain Select, air suspension and active cruise control.

* Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Hill-start Assist Control, Downhill Assist Control, CRAWL and Pre Crash Safety System are driver assist technologies and should not be used as a substitute for safe driving practices. Areas into which the vehicle is driven must be visually monitored.
# Current navigation mapping database encompasses major capital and primary national road networks and offers some coverage in regional areas.
**Suna™ GPS Traffic Updates are only available in metropolitan Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney; it operates from information provided by Intelematics Australia and may not cover all road incidents and congestion. See for details.
##The Bluetooth® word mark is owned by Bluetooth SIG, Inc. Not all devices will be compatible and functionality varies depending on the device.
^ Not all devices will be compatible. Functionality varies depending on device.

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More Australians have bought a Toyota LandCruiser Prado than any other SUV since the popular model was launched here in July 1996.

After 19 years and one month on the local market, Prado sales have reached a total of 236,947 vehicles of which almost 142,000 or approximately 60 per cent have been diesel-powered.

No other SUV has recorded as many sales over the same period, making Australia the fifth biggest market in the world for Prado.

The next best-selling SUV in Australia since July 1996 is a Toyota stablemate, the RAV4, which is hot on Prado's heels with 235,630 sales.

Toyota's LandCruiser wagon completes the SUV trifecta with 207,417 customer deliveries over the same period.

When all-time sales are tallied, the three Toyota vehicles remain on the podium as Australia's best-selling SUVs, although the order changes to LandCruiser (with wagons offered in Australia since the 1970s), RAV4 (launched in 1994) and Prado.

Since its first full year of sales in 1997, Prado has been the best-selling vehicle against its direct competitors in 12 years and has been runner-up five times. It has been the yearly top-seller among all SUVs on five occasions.

Originally fitted with petrol engines, Prado received its first turbo-diesel powerplant in 2000 - a 3.0-litre four-cylinder designated 1KZ-TE. The improved 1KD-FTV engine was introduced in late 2006 and has now been superseded by the high-torque 2.8-litre 2GD-FTV.

The proportion of Prado diesel sales has risen every year since 2003. Petrol continued to account for the majority of sales until 2006 when diesel narrowly became the preferred choice of customers by just 92 vehicles.

After that, the diesel floodgates opened. In eight-and-a-half years since the start of 2007, customers have overwhelmingly plumped for diesel over petrol at an overall rate of better than six to one.

In quick succession, the diesel proportion of Prado sales jumped to 66.5 per cent in 2007, almost 78 per cent in 2008 and more than 80 per cent - and growing - in each of the following three years.

Since the start of 2012, Prado diesel sales have topped 90 per cent, reaching an all-time high in 2015 of 98 per cent.

Prado has grown in popularity over the years. It took just over 10 years to reach 100,000 sales and only seven more years to double the tally.

Over its life, Prado has averaged 12,100 sales per year. In the past decade (2005-2014), the selling rate has been even higher at an average of more than 14,570 a year.

Toyota is Australia's leading SUV brand with sales rising 5.3 per cent so far this year to 34,064 vehicles - a lead of more than 10,000 sales over any other brand.

Prado is the best-selling large SUV with Toyota's Kluger in second place. Along with the FJ Cruiser, Toyota commands 26.5 per cent of the segment (under $70,000).

Kluger sales are up 44.9 per cent so far this year, reflecting greater availability of stock compared with the current-generation's launch period in early 2014.

RAV4 sales have risen to 10,705 in the medium SUV segment and LandCruiser wagon deliveries are up 4.3 per cent at 5,425 vehicles and a segment share of 83.3 per cent.

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