We have heard of speculators buying limited edition supercars (such as the Ferrari LaFerrari) and getting into trouble with the brand after selling flipping them almost immediately for a handsome profit.
Who would have thought that getting your hands on an all-new Land Cruiser LC300 would be so tedious as well?
News of such a farce has surfaced in Japan, where Creative311 reported that customers who placed their bookings were required to sign an agreement to not sell the new Toyota Land Cruiser for at least a year.
The Japanese document that was translated by Caradvice.com.au said that the company intends to make buying a new Land Cruiser a fairer process while customers can get the models they want via legitimate channels.
The document ends with a sentence saying that the act of unauthorised parallel trading may infringe on foreign exchange law or jeopardise global safety in export destinations. Perhaps the sub-sale restriction is to prevent the vehicles from being sold largely by unofficial channels.
This is as Toyota dealers in Japan registered over 20,000 pre-orders for the new Toyota Land Cruiser and are concerned about not being able to meet such demands.
The new-generation Land Cruiser is built on an all-new GA-F platform that is some 200 kg lighter yet stiffer than its LC200 predecessor that originated from the late 2000s.
Two new twin-turbocharged V6 engines are on offer, with the 3.5-litre petrol developing 415 hp and 650 Nm of torque. The diesel mill meanwhile generates 309 hp and 700 Nm of torque. Both engines are paired with a new 10-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel drive.
The suspension system now features a world-first Electronic Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System (E-KDSS), where hydraulic fluid is used to keep the body level on smooth roads while extending suspension stroke during off-road. Other areas of improvement for better off-road driving include a Multi-Terrain Monitor and the Multi-Terrain Select drive mode.