▲ Up
 
01:07 26-09-2016
MAIN АКИpress CA-News
About us On-line subscription
KazakhstanKyrgyzstanMongoliaTajikistanTurkmenistanUzbekistanWorld
POLITICSBUSINESSINCIDENTSSOCIETYCULTURESPORTANALYSISSCIENCE
Toyota brings back original Land Cruiser to Japan

Bishkek (AKIpress) - ' The 3.6 million yen ($35,000) Land Cruiser 70, the toughest of the Land Cruiser models, arrives at Japanese dealers Monday. But it's on sale for only a year, with planned production of 200 a month, the Bloomberg reported.

Japan sales were discontinued in 2004, but fans have long wanted the model back because of its fun-to-drive features.

"If you ever have to entrust your life with a car, I'd choose the Land Cruiser," chief engineer Sadayoshi Koyari told reporters at an event for car fans in Tokyo.

The 70 model first went on sale in 1984, and it's still sold in the Middle East, Africa, Australia and other places, averaging 6,400 vehicles a month in sales.

Its durability is based on its ladder-frame chassis and suspension, according to Toyota, the world's top automaker. It's designed for places where a breakdown is not just a hassle but also possibly fatal.

But Japanese fans have long wanted the model back since it was discontinued here in 2004.

Masahiro Terada, 67, a Kyoto lumber merchant and fan of the Land Cruiser for decades, heads a network of about 50 Japanese Land Cruiser owners, who gather at unusual spots such as bumpy volcanic areas near Mount Fuji and rivers in southwestern Kyushu, to test the vehicle's off-road features.

"A Land Cruiser is a toy for a big boy, those adults who never grow up," he said with a laugh, vowing to drive a Land Cruiser until the day he dies.

The U.N. and the Red Cross use the Land Cruiser for relief efforts in disaster zones, making it a model Toyota is proud to claim as part of its brand.

The Land Cruiser is Toyota's longest-running nameplate, with a cumulative 7.9 million units produced worldwide.

Its long history means there are plentiful parts from models sold around the world, including in emerging economies where easy and reliable maintenance is crucial.

The comeback offering, which is also available in a 3.5 million yen ($34,000) pickup version, boasts up-to-date safety and smart-key features, a 4.0 liter V6 engine and five-speed manual transmission.


Twitterfacebookprint
11:47 27.08.2014
LATEST NEWS
19:00 Vice PM Jenish Razakov familiarized with bank protection works in Talas18:20 Tashkent calls UN donors to honor commitments to Afghanistan17:41 Health insurance for foreign travel in Kyrgyzstan leaves much to be desired – Health Minister17:21 Vice PM Gulmira Kudaiberdiyeva to head delegation of Kyrgyzstan at V Baku International Humanitarian Forum17:06 Trump campaign plans $140 million ad buy17:00 Moody's downgrades Turkey's credit rating to 'Junk' status16:50 Tariff policy of mobile operators leads to refusal of subscribers from traditional telephone operator services16:16 Kyrgyz government asks Parliament to urgently consider bill on lotteries15:51 Government approves agreement between Education Ministry of Kyrgyzstan and Ministry of Human Resources of Hungary15:27 Saudi Arabia to provide $3.7 million grant to Kyrgyzstan for construction of hemodialysis and heart disease centers14:22 FMs of Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan meet in New York13:59 Obama Veto Bars 9/11 Lawsuits Against Saudi Arabia13:20 Foreign Minister Abdyldayev hold series of talks on sidelines of 71st UN General Assembly session12:42 Kyrgyzstan signs Paris Agreement12:23 ADB, Tajikistan agree on new 5-year partnership strategy to promote growth12:10 Google may buy Twitter - report11:43 Pilot project on separate waste collection launched in Bishkek schools11:26 18-year-old boy beaten to death for talking to girl in Osh10:56 Uzbekistan gains 55th place in world health ranking ahead of all Central Asian countries10:36 Government agencies of Kyrgyzstan improve work on combating torture recent years — Vice PM
Astana
+17° C
Ashgabat
+34° C
Bishkek
+22° C
Dushanbe
+27° C
Tashkent
+31° C
Ulaanbaatar
+12° C
exchange rates
 
76.77
68.53
10.27
1.07
378.29
337.37
50.58
5.30
6.85
6.26
1.01
0.12
3286.53
2888.39
446.81
42.81
3.93
3.50
0.52
0.05

© AKIpress News Agency - 2001-2016. All rights reserved
Republication of any material is prohibited without a written agreement with AKIpress News Agency. Any citation must be accompanied by a hyperlink to akipress.com.
Our address:
Moskovskaya str. 189, Bishkek, the Kyrgyz Republic
e-mail: english@akipress.org, akipressenglish@gmail.com;
Tel/Fax: +996(312)90-07-75