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Toyota Land Cruiser

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An SUV produced by Toyota.

History

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Toyota Land Cruiser page on 22 June 2020, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

The Toyota Land Cruiser (Japanese: トヨタ・ランドクルーザー, Toyota Rando-Kurūzā) is a series of four-wheel drive vehicles produced by the Japanese automobile manufacturer Toyota. It is Toyota's longest running series of models and the 2nd longest SUV in production behind the Chevrolet Suburban. As of 2019, the sales of the Land Cruiser totalled more than 10 million units worldwide.

Production of the first generation of the Land Cruiser began in 1951 as Toyota's version of a Jeep-like vehicle. The Land Cruiser has been produced in convertible, hardtop, station wagon and cab chassis body styles. The Land Cruiser's reliability and longevity have led to huge popularity, especially in Australia, where it is the best-selling body-on-frame, four-wheel drive vehicle. Toyota also extensively tests the Land Cruiser in the Australian outback – considered to be one of the toughest operating environments in both temperature and terrain. In Japan, the Land Cruiser is exclusive to Toyota Japanese dealerships called Toyota Store.

As of 2018, the Land Cruiser (J200) is available in many markets. Exceptions include Canada, Malaysia (which receives the Lexus LX instead), Hong Kong, Macau, North Korea, Singapore, South Korea, Brazil, Syria, Thailand, and large parts of Europe. In Europe, the only countries where the Land Cruiser is officially sold are Gibraltar, Moldova, Russia, and Ukraine. The Land Cruiser is also hugely popular in Africa, where it is used by farmers, NGO's, UN and humanitarian organizations, by national armies (often the pick up version) as well as by irregular armed groups who turn them into 'technicals' by mounting machine guns in the rear.


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1996 Book1996 Toyota Land Cruiser Repair Manual; Toyota Motor Corporation


Photographs

Toyota Land Cruiser Esci Scale Model Subject:  Toyota Land Cruiser Scale Model
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2008 Summer NNL
Model Build Info:  1:24 scale Esci kit, Colors for Miniatures paint.
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Toyota Land Cruiser Esci Model Subject:  Toyota Land Cruiser Scale Model
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2008 Summer NNL
Model Build Info:  1:24 scale Esci kit, Colors for Miniatures paint.
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Toyota Land Cruiser Esci Model Subject:  Toyota Land Cruiser Scale Model
Photographer:  Bill Crittenden
Event:  2008 Summer NNL
Model Build Info:  1:24 scale Esci kit, Colors for Miniatures paint.
View photo of Toyota Land Cruiser Esci Model - 3,088KB


Documents

DateDocument Name & DetailsDocuments
September 2010On-Site Child Restraint System Investigation
2001 Toyota Land Cruiser
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

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- 2,791KB - 16 pages


Article Index

DateArticleAuthor/Source
3 September 2013When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get a Land Cruiser Geoff Maxted, DriveWrite Automotive
7 October 2016Expedition SEMA: The Garage Shop Tackles the Trans-America TrailRacingJunk


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