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Toyota RAV4 delays: new 10-day production shutdown in July likely to exacerbate wait times

John Law

Following production amendments announced in June, Toyota Motor Corporation has confirmed it will shut down the RAV4 assembly line for another 10 days in July

Parts shortages mean extended wait times – as Chasing Cars has previously reported – for Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) products, including for the RAV4 midsize SUV that continues to hold on despite production delays as Australia’s most popular SUV.

Following Toyota’s May announcement that RAV4 production at the Takaoka plant would pause for six days in July 2022, an update has now confirmed further bad news for the RAV4 factory: an additional 10 days of pause have been scheduled, meaning the RAV4 production line will fall silent for more than half of the month of July.

Toyota RAV4 2022
RAV4 production is set to pause again next month

The Takaoka plant in Japan produces right-hand-drive RAV4 models for Japan and Australia, among other countries, and the larger Harrier/Venza premium midsize SUV for the Japanese and American markets.

It is yet to be confirmed what impact this latest round of shutdowns will have on RAV4 wait times in Australia, which are currently more than 12 months for variants with the popular and frugal electric hybrid engine.

Toyota has also announced a pause for its flagship Motomachi plant that produces the Crown sedan, Mirai hydrogen sedan, BZ4X electric SUV, Lexus LC sports car and GR Yaris homologation special. 

Toyota RAV4 Cruiser Hybrid 2022 rear flyby
We don’t know exactly how the shutdowns will impact Australian supply

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How will TMC’s production pause affect supply?

Toyota’s Takaoka plant will pause production of the RAV4 and Harrier SUVs on the week of July 11-15, and then again from July 18-22

It is unclear exactly what effect the shutdowns will have on Australian supply – especially given an updated RAV4 is slated for 2023 release. 

TMC has published expected production impacts from the shutdowns in an official statement. Instead of the global production target of 800,000, TMC has revised this number to 750,000.

Toyota RAV4 GXL Hybrid 2021 badge
The hybrid Toyota RAV4 is exceedingly popular in Australia

This reflects a 50,000 unit drop from initial targets. With a forecast 16 days of Takaoka shutdowns in July (more than half the working days in the month) this could impact RAV4 production for Australia significantly.

The ramifications of the shutdowns won’t be felt in Australia until later on (as is the nature of production lead times), though it is encouraging Toyota has managed to deliver 17,787 RAV4s to the end of May 2022

That’s just 71 shy of the same period last year and keeps it firmly in third place ahead of the Mazda CX-5. As always, for accurate information on lead times it is best to contact your local dealer.

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