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2011-05-19 22:12

NEW FROM TOYOTA: The retro FJ Cruiser, "a unique and highly capable 4x4 SUV".

One of the most striking Land Cruisers to hit South African soil was showcased for the first time this week at the Nampo Harvest Day in Bothaville in the Free State.

The FJ Cruiser, a unique and highly capable 4x4 SUV, is expected to arrive in South African showrooms in August 2011, but visitors to the Nampo Harvest Day had an opportunity to see and experience the uniquely styled SUV at the Toyota stand.


The FJ Cruiser is fitted with a powerful four-litre V6 petrol engine and boasts retro styling reminiscent of its Land Cruiser FJ-predecessors. The vehicle is equipped with a rugged 4x4 system and promises the same go-anywhere off road capabilities that underlies every Toyota that wears a Land Cruiser badge.

Johan van Zyl, president and CEO of Toyota SA and a managing officer of Toyota Motor Corporation, said: “The retro-styled Land Cruiser FJ Cruiser is a fitting introduction to the Land Cruiser range. Its styling harks back to the original Land Cruiser and we believe it will be well received in a year in which we join the global celebrations to mark the 60th anniversary of the first introduction of Land Cruiser.”

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Visitors to the Toyota stand at the Nampo Harvest Day show were also be able to view and experience a range of Land Cruiser products, most notably the recently introduced 60th Edition versions of the Land Cruiser 76 Station Wagon and the Land Cruiser 79 Pick-up. These vehicles sport unique paint colours and a raft of cosmetic and convenience upgrades to spoil the driver and his passengers.

Also on the Toyota stand were team members of the Toyota Cheetahs rugby team, on hand to meet visitors and compare muscle definition with the FJ Cruiser.

Toyota says it is a proud and long-standing exhibitor at the Nampo Harvest Day, which is widely regarded as the largest agricultural machinery and livestock exhibitions in the southern hemisphere.

This year more than 70 000 visitors were expected daily at the show, which closes today (May 20, 2011).

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