70 series production officially paused.


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My research skills need improvement.

Did you know Toyota Group has its own ships? Just found that out.

-Toyofuji Shipping (TFS). Toyota has multiple ships (Trans Future 5,6,7, and New Century 2). Such boring names!

It can get confusing when you can name any ship whatever you want and have similar routes. For example, K-Line has Toyota Maru vessel and others.

It makes sense that Toyota would get into the vehicle shipping business.

More searching under TFS gives the following schedule.

This is what happens when Toyota removes my self-service tracking…I have too much inquisitiveness…cannot sit idly by…it doesn’t make a world of difference as the vehicle will get here when it gets here.

May have to give my Toyota retention manager a call to see if they can see any updated shipping details. They tell me there is a LC300 that I can test drive, but delivery is minimum 3yrs (so the dealership rumour goes), but I think it will be closer to 4-5yrs personally. Crazy to be thinking about a future vehicle that far out.

Chips from Taiwan -Everybody should be hoping that the situation there calms down.

Stuff from China is also impacted (input plastics and production pieces).

I am pleased that I am nearly at the end of the tunnel (Part 1). Part 2 is getting the time to do my own build. Nobody will build the vehicle to the same standard as oneself. I’ll probably take a week off work to do what I need to do to the vehicle, and then start planning a holiday up to QLD.
korea and japan have mega integrated industrial groups as the norm


My guess with TFS is most likely correct. Could be on New Century 2 vessel arriving in Port Kembla on 6 August.
Got the below notification just then.

Let's hope COVID-19 cases in Australia doesn't result with more shutdowns.


How many times can I be wrong? Apparently quite a lot.

Well, when I estimated that my LC78 was on the vessel New Century 2, it was based on delayed dealership update notification, which messed up my investigation.

I should have just asked the Toyota dealer which ship the car was on (they have the details). Would have saved a lot of time.

The LC78 was on vessel Gravity Highway…and guess what?...it docked at Port Kembla on Wednesday 3 Aug. Gravity Highway has already departed Port Kembla for Melbourne.

This means my vehicle is on the docks. 3 days earlier than my mistaken anticipated delivery…I’ll take that. It has been more than 12mths.

If it clears Customs quickly (cannot jam up the docks) and given the well-oiled machine the whole process is, and that Port Kembla is only a few of hours’ drive from Canberra, the vehicle should be at the dealership by next week.

I chatted to my Toyota Retention Manager, and all is set (towbar is on stock) and once the vehicle is delivered to the dealership, it is scheduled for prep (unwrapped, cleaned, bits bolted on), full tanks of fuel, towbar installed, registered. Shouldn’t take more than a few days. In 2wks hopefully I’ll have the keys.

There is light at the end of the tunnel.
Now to get myself full prepared.
-Revisit my insurance quote.
-List my beautiful 2018 Hyundai Imax Elite for sale.
-Organise for some time off work to build out the vehicle. 1wk should do the trick. Plan in some stretching time...don't want to tweak the back.
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Hilux is now outselling Ranger 2:1 at about 6500 a month.

Hilux's, 300's, Prado's and 70's are selling as high as ever ( inc the 200).

Is this a supply problem or a demand problem, or is Toyota making supply sound worse than it is? Do people really have to wait these times?

  1. Toyota HiLux – 6441
  2. Ford Ranger – 2934
  3. Toyota RAV4 – 2437
  4. Mazda CX-5 – 2346
  5. Hyundai Tucson – 2186
  6. Toyota Corolla – 1982
  7. Isuzu D-Max – 1930
  8. Mitsubishi Triton – 1879
  9. Kia Sportage – 1837
  10. Toyota Kluger – 1766
  11. Hyundai i30 – 1758
  12. Mitsubishi Outlander – 1310
  13. Nissan X-Trail – 1269
  14. MG ZS – 1229
  15. Mazda CX-30 – 1226
  16. Toyota Camry – 1222
  17. Toyota Landcruiser Wagon – 1171
  18. Toyota Prado – 1047
  19. Toyota LandCruiser C/C – 975
  20. Mazda CX-3 – 962


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I would think that sale rate against the ranger has everything to do with people waiting on the new ranger v6. Why would you buy the old one at the moment
The hero model rangers (XLT and higher) should belt the higher model hilux with the v6. The chassis would want to be something special to take over in the working classes with the 2.0 litre 10 speed that nobody loves. I hope for ford’s sake they got it right enough. More players in the market is good and they have taken a different path to the asian brands.