Toyota launches new Noah and Voxy minivans in Japan, new Land Cruiser SUV customers to wait four years

Toyota Motor Corporation has revealed its Japan wide launch of its completely redesigned “Noah” and “Voxy” minivans, with various models. The Noah and Voxy are compact cab wagons developed in pursuit of the pure minivan fun, with sliding doors for easy entry and exit, and roomy, comfortable cabin spaces for lots of passengers and cargo. As cars supported and loved by Japanese families, they are still among our most popular cars, particularly with families.

According to the company, the new fourth-generation Noah and Voxy have been reborn as minivans with more comfort, convenience, and peace of mind than ever to encourage users to load up their hobbies and toys and hit the road.

“Using the TNGA (GA-C) platform for their basic structure, these minivans were developed for a deeper sense of happiness that the outstanding packaging and ease-of-use their generations of models have always brought, and to achieve even greater minivan appeal through use of the latest advanced fixtures.

“Designed based on three unique worldviews that further emphasize their features, the Noah is built on the concepts of “majestic, modern, and high quality” combined with “mainstream and aggressive,” while the Voxy goes for “leading edge and unique”, it said in a statement.

The new Noah and Voxy have been reborn as everybody’s minivans, with more comfort, convenience, and peace of mind to provoke a deeper sense of happiness that only minivans can offer.

In addition to the excellent packaging unique to minivans, the ease of use is further increased, with universal steps and free stop rear hatch doors using karakuri mechanism.

New models come equipped with the latest advanced fixtures, including Toyota Safety Sense and Toyota Teammate.

They also come with exceptional dynamic performance, including the new-generation series parallel hybrid system.

Welcab models (assisted mobility vehicles) also enhance the model lineup by dramatically improving the range of wheelchair-adapted models and expanding the configuration for type-designated vehicles.

Meanwhile, the company has told its customers in Japan that they will have to wait for up to four years to take delivery of its new Land Cruiser SUV. The world’s biggest carmaker says the delay is not related to the global chip shortage or the supply chain crisis, though it refuses to comment on the reasons behind the long delivery time.

The company says it is slowing production at up to 11 plants in Japan due to rising Covid-19 infections among its workers and at parts suppliers.

“As Land Cruiser is very popular, not just in Japan but around the world, we apologise it is expected to take a long time before we can deliver the product,” Toyota said on its website.

“There is a possibility it could take up to four years if you order now. We will continue to shorten the delivery time and we appreciate your understanding.”

The company also said: “This delay is not related to current semiconductor shortage or supply chain issue.”

The BBC understands that there has been strong demand for the new model of the Land Cruiser and that Toyota is considering ramping up production in the medium and long-term.

Launched in 1951, the Land Cruiser is Toyota’s longest-selling vehicle. In recent months – like many of its rival car makers, including General Motors, Ford, Nissan, Daimler, BMW and Renault – the firm has been forced to cut vehicle production.

Last month, Toyota announced that it would extend stoppages at some of its factories in Japan as it continued to feel the impact of supply chain issues. The firm said its components factories in South East Asia had faced disruptions due to the pandemic, with Land Cruiser and Lexus production being hit by the delays.

Earlier last year, the company said it would slash its worldwide vehicle production by 40% in September because of the chip shortage. The latest announcement came after a surge in cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant in Japan since the start of this year.


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