If you were planning to order a top of the line Toyota HiLux this financial year, think again.
Order books have been temporarily closed for Australia's best-selling vehicle's top models, the Rogue and Rugged X.
Automobile and farm machinery manufacturers have been struggling to keep pace with orders for some time as a result of a global shortage of computer chips, COVID-19 induced facility closures and supply chain delays.
In February, Australian Community Media reported HiLux buyers were facing an average wait time of 155 days.
It is hoped the pause will allow Toyota to catch up with demand and fill existing orders.
A Toyota spokesperson said the HiLux Rogue and Rugged X variants have both enjoyed high levels of interest since their introduction.
"Due to current demand, Toyota Australia can confirm that future orders for both the Rogue and Rugged X have been temporarily paused," the spokesperson said.
"We will provide an update in due course on both of these models."
The Rogue and Rugged X models were unveiled in September 2020, boasting increased performance and a number of new features.
They are based on the HiLux SR5 dual-cab and feature an upgraded 150kW, 500Nm turbo-diesel engine, which delivers gains of 15 per cent and 11.1pc.
The six-speed automatic transmission has been recalibrated and the rear suspension revised.
At the time, Toyota Australia sales and marketing vice president Sean Hanley said the passion and commitment of the company's local teams had delivered vehicles that are purpose-built for Australian customers.
"The expertise of our local teams has ensured these two fully fledged models offer more power and torque, more relaxed towing and overtaking in all conditions, sharper steering and handling, and suspension refinements that deliver excellent ride quality in all conditions," Mr Hanley said.
"They also incorporate an in-demand array of locally designed, developed and tested components that enhance capability and style: premium features on the 'work and play' HiLux Rogue and serious off-road protection and recovery for Rugged X."
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