New Lexus LX600 delayed due to LC300 chip shortage – reports – Car News
The Lexus LX600 has been delayed as the chip shortage that is wreaking havoc on the LandCruiser 300 series production schedule widens to include new models, according to reports from Japan.
The new Lexus LX was due to be unveiled this year ahead of a 2022 on-sale date, but the chip shortage affecting Toyota’s wider business has put those plans into question, according to Japanese Lexus dealers.
According to reports in Japan Creative trend, the extent of the problem is still being worked out, but a launch delay is a definite probability.
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A training and familiarization session for Lexus staff with the new LX600 was scheduled for November, but that too could now be postponed until the new year.
The news comes as Australian customers began to be told their deliveries of LC300s on October 4 had been pushed back, with the auto giant warning buyers that scheduled deliveries would be pushed back following a halt to a months at LC300 factory in Japan.
The problem is the shortage of parts and chips across Southeast Asia, which has forced rolling shutdowns at Toyota’s production facilities.
Those shortages have now hit Toyota hard, with the company lowering its September production targets by 40% overall, as every plant it owns in Japan faces some sort of temporary shutdown.
But no model is hit as hard as the LandCruiser, with its production plant to close for a month.
Those closings have now caught up with Australian customers, with buyers here claiming to have been contacted by Toyota and telling them that October is just not going to happen and the brand is unable to offer a new delivery date.