Australia will receive a bigger allocation of GR Supras in 2020, with Toyota abandoning its online sales method and reverting to dealer deliveries from next year.
In case you somehow missed it, the Supra arrived in Australia in three on-sale allocations of 350 cars total this year. But you had to think fast to secure one.
The first batch of 100 vehicles were reserved in just seven minutes. The Japanese giant was able to secure another 50 cars, which only lasted another 15 minutes, with all 150 cars reserved in a total 22 minutes. The second batch, this time 100 cars, sold out in 28 minutes, before the final batch, offered in September, sold out again in record pace.
But there’s good news for those who missed out on owning Toyota’s two-door performance car, with the brand confirming we would receive a bigger allocation of vehicles in 2020, and that they would be available through the brand’s dealer network, rather than online.
“We’re always negotiating for more cars. And we’re not going to have thousands of vehicles, but we will have a reasonable allocation next year,” says Toyota Australia’s vice-president of sales and marketing, Sean Hanley.
“Next year we’ll convert over to dealer sales. The first batch was online, but it will now move to traditional sales method.
“It will be more than 350 (vehicles in 2020).”
The Supra starts in an entry-level GT trim level, which is priced from $93,730 drive-away. You can then step up to the GTS trim level, which ups the price to $104,379. Whichever trim you choose, your engine remains the same; a turbo 3.0-litre six-cylinder unit which unlocks 250kW and 500Nm and is fed to the rear wheels.
“If people want to buy a Supra, they should visit a Toyota dealer. We trialled online, just to see how it would go, and it was an overwhelming success. We knew we were only getting a limited number, and we needed to control that.
“However, we still very much believe in the dealer model. We have no plans to move away from that traditional model.”
Article Source: Cars Guide MagazineDecember 13, 2019 9:03 am