Australia’s most popular SUV faces wait times in excess of 12 months – but the situation is unlikely to worsen despite a recent negative development
The series of delays announced as part of Toyota Motor Corporation’s August update, predicts that just a single day of assembly will be affected across two production lines.
While output will be negatively affected, it shows a significant improvement over the past several months, with production of the RAV4 shut down for 10 days during July.
With Toyota still heavily impacted by a shortage of semiconductors and the effects of Covid-19, it’s unclear whether the Japanese car maker has simply shuffled more resources to the increasingly successful midsize SUV, or if production lines as a whole have stabilised.
However, the limited impact across just nine assembly lines and six factories suggests the latter, with Toyota understood to be working hard to stabilise its global supply lines.
It’s unclear what effect the latest news will have on the supply of the RAV4 to Australia but the latest news is unlikely to have a negative impact on the current supply.
Toyota’s midsizer was the most popular SUV in Australia in 2021 and has shown no signs of slowing down this year, though getting your hands on one has proved difficult.
With repeated interruptions to manufacturing and continuous demand from Australian buyers, wait times have stretched out to more than 12 months.
Until supply improves, these wait times are unlikely to improve but the latest news suggests TMC’s efforts to stabilise supply lines are working.
All prices listed are before on-road costs.
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