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Our first story on the Toyota FJ Cruiser
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19th August, 2010

Toyota Australia has confirmed it will add the rugged retro looks and solid off-road performance of the FJ Cruiser to its range early next year.

Local sales are expected to kick-off late in the first quarter of 2011.

The FJ Cruiser will give Toyota a second brand-enhancing vehicle inside 12 months, following the launch of the eye-catching Rukus in June.

With looks like no other SUV, FJ Cruiser comes to Australia with a pedigree that stretches back 50 years to the legendary FJ40 Land Cruiser. The modern vehicle captures this heritage with its body-on-frame structure, short wheelbase, stocky appearance and the arrangement of its headlights and grille. The FJ Cruiser will be the only Toyota vehicle to use the name "Toyota" spelled out across the grille, instead of the corporate emblem.

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The vehicle's retro-inspired styling is enhanced by the boxy shape, near-vertical windscreen with three wipers, white roof and wrap-around rear windows. Four doors provide access to two rows of seats. The front doors are standard size while the rear doors are smaller and are reverse-opening.

The FJ - equipped with a powerful engine, dual-range 4WD, excellent ground clearance and ample suspension articulation - will deliver the off-road prowess implied by its "Cruiser" badge.

Toyota Australia's senior executive director sales and marketing David Buttner said FJ Cruiser was all about style and substance. "FJ Cruiser has loads of character that isn't found in any other SUV, let alone one that is built for off-road terrain," Mr Buttner said, whilst adding "It will be a lot of fun to own and drive, satisfying those who want a modern vehicle with the boulder-crawling spirit of Toyota's legendary off-roaders."

In the United States, the Toyota FJ Cruiser has recently been awarded for its quality and its value. In the J.D. Power and Associates 2010 Initial Quality Study, it was rated at the top of the Compact Crossover/SUV segment.

Australian models will be produced in Japan.


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