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RHD Toyota Kluger was no certainty

save: Toyota’s next-gen — seen here in US spec — is set to arrive in showrooms in March.


Switch to US meant RHD Toyota Kluger was at some risk

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TOYOTA S decision to Kluger production to the United for the new-generation model gave the s Australian arm a few tense moments.

is because, despite being one of s top-selling family SUVs and a of its local range for more a decade, there was some the new third-generation version due in Australia in wouldn t come here at

With Japan dropping the from its arsenal, Australia and New became the only right-hand countries in the world to request the The vast majority of Klugers (or as they are known overseas) are in the US and Russia.

This meant Toyota Australia had to explain to its company why it should spend tooling up its plant in Princeton, to produce RHD cars for what on a global scale to a drop in the

Toyota Australia on average around 1000 Klugers per It is regularly the top-selling soft in the hot-selling large SUV segment its Prado stablemate, but in 2013 behind the rugged Jeep Cherokee, as well as the Holden 7 and Ford Territory.

We had to be very and realistic, said Toyota product public relations Steve Coughlan, adding the company had not taken on increased targets to help amortise the of its parent tooling up for RHD.

We at past running rates and the (trends), and it wasn t just based, the argument we put forward was out of for Australian customers, we raised our to say this was a critical model for us, and we very much wanted to

It was like every model, you to put together a volume case if s a change in production and so it was a case of us to put together a robust argument on the that we wanted it, but it was done so a reciprocal understanding from our company of the car s importance to us.

They wanted some additional to assure them that we continue to do the volumes that we d and to assure them that the buyer s needs could not be by another model.

when you move across to a market and produce it in such volumes in LHD configuration, our volume in terms is pretty humble, so it us to put forward a case.

The Princeton now the sole supplier of Klugers from a factory in China produces exclusively for its domestic received a big upgrade to handle the new

Apart from adapting to the different assembly and mirror-image layout of RHD Klugers, test and alterations were also including dynamic simulations and to the ground.

The Princeton upgrade a total $US400 million investment including supplier with the plant itself $US131m and the creation of 400 jobs.

At last count, the plant produce an additional 50,000 per year, taking the total to 160,000, with both and an anticipated boost in North demand accounting for the increase.

The Kluger will launch in in the second week of March, and is and more spacious than has a much-improved cabin with technology, and gets a new six-speed and clever all-wheel-drive system on variants.

The car remains a V6 petrol-only in a diesel-dominated market, however, no oil-burning option. The US market hybrid is deemed too expensive to Down Under, with variants projected to command a premium.

GoAuto is currently on the global of the Kluger/Highlander in California. Watch out for impressions over the coming

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