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Toyota RAV4 2022: lengthy production delays continue for popular hybrid midsize SUV


Ongoing shortages of critical parts continue to hinder supply of a huge range of Toyota and Lexus models

Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) has announced widespread production delays for a range of its most popular Toyota and Lexus models – including the RAV4 midsize SUV.

The latest delays have seen 16 out of TMC’s 28 production lines shut down for between two to nine days during the month of May, with many sites bracing for further shutdowns in June.

Toyota has been forced to temporarily shut down production of popular models such as the RAV4

A critical shortage of semiconductors, exacerbated by the Covid-19 lockdowns in Shanghai, has been blamed for the bulk of the delays.

While similar delays have been seen across the industry, it’s worth noting that few car manufacturers have been as transparent as TMC. 

Toyota Land Cruiser, Lexus NX heavily affected

The popular Toyota RAV4 has seen shutdowns on three of its production lines for up to five days, with one of those locations expected to close for three days this week.

Its premium sibling, the Lexus NX, has taken the hardest hit out of any model, however, with vast delays across two production lines for up to nine days in May, with five more days of delays predicted towards the end of this month and in early June.

Toyota Land Cruiser 76 Series 2022 front 3/4
Production of the Toyota Land Cruiser 70 Series has also been forced to stop

The Land Cruiser 300 Series, 70 Series and Lexus LX 4WDs saw their production lines shut down for up to six days this month, with a further four days of delays on the way. 

Other heavily impacted models include the Lexus UX small SUV with nine days of shutdowns and two on the way, and the Toyota Land Cruiser Prado with a five-day pause and three more shutdown days to come.

The following models have also been affected:

  • Toyota Corolla small car: two production lines, shut for up to eight days
  • Toyota GR Yaris hot hatch: one production line, shut for up to eight days
  • Toyota BZ4X midsize SUV: one production line, shut for up to eight days
  • Toyota C-HR small SUV: two production lines, shut for up to six days
  • Lexus ES midsize sedan: two production lines, shut for up to seven days
  • Lexus LS luxury sedan: two production lines, shut for up to eight days

It remains to be seen what effect the latest delays will have on Australian buyers but with the majority of the delays being felt in TMC’s Japanese factories – where our local stock is primarily sourced – it’s almost certain that an impact of some kind will be felt locally.

Toyota RAV4 2022: prices in Australia

All prices listed are before on-road costs.

  • GX 2WD petrol: $34,400
  • GX 2WD hybrid: $36,900 
  • GXL 2WD petrol: $37,950 
  • GX AWD hybrid: $39,900 
  • GXL 2WD hybrid: $40,450 
  • XSE 2WD hybrid: $43,250
  • Cruiser 2WD petrol: $43,250
  • GXL AWD hybrid: $43,450 
  • Cruiser 2WD hybrid: $45,750 
  • XSE AWD hybrid: $46,250
  • Cruiser AWD hybrid: $48,750
  • Edge AWD petrol: $50,200
  • Edge AWD hybrid: $52,700