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Toyota Ends Land Cruiser Production in Russia, Won't Leave the Market for Now

It was only March when we were telling about the Russia exodus General Motors prepared and their decision to withdraw Opel from the market due to the Russian economy's lack of stability.
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Back then, after the oil price went down, Russia's economy started shaking seriously, the dollar left the Russian ruble far behind, inflation took a steep upward trend and Western economic bans started to pop-up like flowers in spring.

The situation didn't improve, and other carmakers are affected by it, including Toyota, who decided to end Land Cruiser Prado production in Russia. The SUV was built in Vladivostok, but according to Autonews, Toyota shut down the plant's activity in late June.

However, the Japanese carmaker is not willing to leave the market just yet. The same source claims Toyota now ships about 1,030 Land Cruiser SUVs per month to Russia from its plant in Tahara, Japan, the same number of cars assembled each month at the Vladivostok facility.

After this move, Toyota's only functional plant in Russia remains the one in St. Petersburg, where the Japanese are building the Camry midsize sedan, but next year, the RAV4 SUV production will be added to this facility.

In other Land Cruiser related news, Toyota just introduced the facelifted version of the Land Cruiser 200 in Japan, which now embraces Toyota's Safety Sense package.

Also, the popular SUV was granted a new grille flanked by LED headlights and a beefier hood, as if the car's dimensions weren't enough signal a sturdy presence.

In any case, clients will receive the same 4.6-liter V8 powerplant good for 318 horsepower at 5,600 rpm and 460 Nm (339 lb-ft) of torque at 3,400 rpm, put to good use via a six-speed auto gearbox.


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