Toyota may be about to cut the FJ Cruiser from its range. According to US website Autoblog, the FJ is to be discontinued "after the 2014 model year", its evidence for the claim being that the carmaker has placed a June 2014 deadline for final FJ orders on its fleet website.
Sliding sales figures in Canada and the US add some credence to the report, although there may be other entirely plausible explanations.
The deadline might also indicate that an updated FJ Cruiser is on the way, halting orders until the new model becomes available.
It would not be unreasonable however to surmise that retirement is near for the big 4WD. FJ sales in the US have reportedly dropped from an initial high of over 100,000 units at launch, to just 13,656 units last year.
Sales in Canada tell a similar story, falling to 2630 in 2008 and to just 726 units last year.
Australia is bucking the trend however. Local sales of the FJ Cruiser have gone from strength to strength, with 3000 units sold last year and sales up 10.6 percent this year; twice Toyota Australia's expectations.
Will strong sales outside of North America be enough to ensure the FJ Cruiser continues? Seems unlikely, although Toyota Australia could not be reached for comment.
We are also yet to see any movement on either a new model or the demise of the current version out of Japan, where the FJ Cruiser is also sold in right-hand-drive.
Stay tuned to TMR; we'll bring you more Toyota FJ Cruiser news when it comes to hand.
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