04 June 2013
TOYOTA FJ CRUISER WINS LOYAL FOLLOWING
Toyota's "go anywhere, do anything" FJ Cruiser 4x4 has clocked up sales at more than twice the rate originally predicted for the Australian market.
The sales tally has grown to almost 6,000 vehicles in just two years at an average of more than 220 a month compared with the original forecast of around 100 a month.
Toyota dealers sold 1,886 FJ Cruisers between March and December 2011, jumping more than 58 per cent to almost 3,000 registrations last year.
Sales in the first four months of this year are running 10.6 per cent ahead of the same period last year, lifting FJ Cruiser's overall tally to 5,820 units.
Toyota's executive director sales and marketing Tony Cramb said the classic lines of the FJ Cruiser were crucial to its success - and also accounted for the initially conservative sales estimate.
"We believed the modern FJ would find willing buyers in Australia because it is a rugged, dependable vehicle that can travel to, and return from, any extreme environment," Mr Cramb said.
"At the same time, we wondered how today's motorists would respond to some of the exterior features inspired by the original LandCruiser FJ40 produced between 1960 and 1984.
"These include its angular lines, round headlights and upright windscreen with three wiper blades.
"In fact, customers - and even people who choose to buy another vehicle - tell our dealers they love the FJ Cruiser precisely because it inherits the DNA of the original, paying homage to several of its most compelling stylistic themes."
Recent FJ Cruiser updates have included the addition of a second fuel tank that more than doubles its fuel-load capacity to 159 litres.
The addition of an 87-litre sub-tank to the 72-litre main tank improves its theoretical driving range to 1,067km in the city and more than 1,700km on the highway.
On the combined cycle, the FJ returns fuel economy of 11.4 litres/100km* for a notional range of almost 1,400km.
Off-road driving competence has been enhanced with CRAWL^ - a "feet-off" control system that helps take the vehicle over severe or slippery terrain.
It can assist in climbing or descending steep hills, freeing the vehicle if it is stuck, and is also helpful in mud, sand and gravel, and when fording water.
CRAWL Control engages in L4 (low-range) and temporarily disengages at speeds above 25km/h, or above 10km/h when the rear differential is locked.
A speed-selector dial on the overhead console provides the choice of five speeds.
The system automatically maintains a low uniform vehicle speed uphill and downhill by controlling both engine output and brake hydraulic pressure, allowing the driver to concentrate fully on steering the vehicle.
It increases vehicle stability in extreme four-wheel driving conditions by minimising wheel spin and tyre lock-up.
The system has the added benefit of reducing potential damage to the vehicle, by smoothly controlling vehicle speed over rugged terrain.
It reduces load on the drivetrain by smoothly controlling engine output and brake application.
CRAWL can be engaged under these conditions: transfer gear position in L4, shift lever in any position except P or N, vehicle stopped, foot brake on, parking brake off, doors closed, second-gear start system switched off, CRAWL Control switch on and the VSC system in Normal mode.
FJ Cruiser is Toyota's fifth SUV and most recent addition to the LandCruiser family.
It is powered by a 200kW, 380Nm 4.0-litre V6 petrol engine with five-speed automatic transmission, part-time 4x4, an electrically activated rear differential lock and switchable Active Traction Control technology to maximise off-road climbing ability.
It features impressive road clearance - a 36-degree approach angle, 31-degree departure angle and 29-degree break-over angle. The latter two dimensions are the best for any vehicle in Toyota's local 4WD range.
Offered in a single grade with a high level of specification, the upgraded FJ Cruiser is priced from $47,990**. Metallic paint is $475 extra.
FJ Cruiser is covered by Toyota Service Advantage capped-price servicing at a maximum of $210 per service#.
*Fuel consumption will vary depending on driving conditions/style, vehicle conditions and options/accessories. Source of fuel consumption data: ADR 81/02.
^Crawl Control is a driver assist technology and should not be used as a substitute for safe driving practices. The area into which the vehicle is to be driven must be visually monitored by the driver.
**Manufacturer's recommended list price is provided for media purposes only and does not include statutory charges or other on-road costs.
#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 toyota.com.au/advantage for other exclusions, eligibility and full details.
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Toyota's FJ Cruiser - selling at twice the rate predicted.