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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 10-24-2017, 02:42 PM Thread Starter
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Toyota TJ Cruiser’s Fate Decided By Consumers



This won’t be the first model they’ll launch based public reaction to a concept model. The Japanese automotive giant has launched the Lexus LC500 because of just how many fans its concept model garnered. Now, the Toyota TJ Cruiser’s future will be decided by the car-buying public.

Speaking with Autocar, design chief Hirokazu Ikuma has confirmed Toyota’s plan to gauge the reaction of potential customers globally before deciding on their next course of action. Perhaps some data will be gathered at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show, which is open to the public from this coming Saturday to the 5th of November.

If consumer reaction to the TJ Cruiser concept is positive, then the model may go into production and likely sit on Toyota’s TGNA modular vehicle platform. Though engine specs remain hidden aside from a rumored hybrid powertrain, we do know a production TJ Cruiser is likely going to feature a rugged interior and exterior. After all, the TJ does stands for ‘Toolbox Joy’.

Maybe we’ll hear more from Toyota at the Tokyo Motor Show when its doors open early for press day. After that, the concept will be appearing at each one of the several customer clinics opening around the world.
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How are the people chose for customer clinics? Are the going to be people who already own a FJ Cruiser or just young people on the street? Depending on the group, the results could be biased.
I'm hoping the answer from Toyota is a resounding yes. After that, we won't have long to wait for a production model since the concept was designed to be feasible.
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How are the people chose for customer clinics? Are the going to be people who already own a FJ Cruiser or just young people on the street? Depending on the group, the results could be biased.
I'm hoping the answer from Toyota is a resounding yes. After that, we won't have long to wait for a production model since the concept was designed to be feasible.
I doubt they would just ask FJ owners. The idea is to build a product that is profitable. They didn't discontinue the FJ because it was not a great vehicle, it is just not profitable at the price they sold it and it wasn't selling in adequate numbers.

I am guessing they will be asking a great range of people to get an accurate view of demand. I believe it has has appeal for all ages,
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How are the people chose for customer clinics? Are the going to be people who already own a FJ Cruiser or just young people on the street? Depending on the group, the results could be biased.
I'm hoping the answer from Toyota is a resounding yes. After that, we won't have long to wait for a production model since the concept was designed to be feasible.

More than likely won't be FJ owners as this is in no way shape or form a replacement for the FJ.


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I volunteer as tribute! I mean interest group!
Most of the time don't they send out emails to current Toyota owners? Would make more sense to go for FJ Cruiser owners, but maybe they want to see if it'll draw in people from other brands too.

And this is why I'm not in marketing.
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Think they'll have and interest group for the new FT-AC as well? Or will they leave that as a concept.
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post #7 of 25 (permalink) Old 01-03-2018, 09:34 AM
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Some news from autoguide about the customer feedback groups and it seems to be good news.

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He brought up the brand’s popular FJ Cruiser, which debuted in concept form more than 10 years ago. “Customer feedback was so strong, what did we do? Got the product out in about two years that looked almost identical to the product we brought out on stage,” said Hollis. “I would put FT-AC in a similar boat.”
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Some news from autoguide about the customer feedback groups and it seems to be good news.
Thanks for posting this. I would like to hear this about the TJ Cruiser too, but so far nothing.

The TJ is what I really want.
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To each their own I suppose, I'd prefer it if the FT-AC concept actually went into production as it seems to be more in line with what the FH+J Cruiser was, even though it won't be as rugged or prefer as well off-road.
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To each their own I suppose, I'd prefer it if the FT-AC concept actually went into production as it seems to be more in line with what the FH+J Cruiser was, even though it won't be as rugged or prefer as well off-road.
We may get lucky and get both.

The earlier comment about the $20,000 price tag gives me hope because the FT-AC will most certainly not go for that price. We don't have any specs on it's size, but observers say it looked bigger than a RAV-4 so it has to be out of my price range.
Despite Hollis' remarks, I think it is possible that FT-AC is more about design direction than an actual new model. I think it may be the redesigned RAV-4. That may be what Hollis meant about 2 years to production.
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