Toyota Land Cruiser is available in 170 countries and more than 10 million units were sold in 2019. Its production began in 1951, with the aim of creating an off-road vehicle for the Japanese National Police Reserve. Since then, it has evolved into fourteen models and hundreds of different variants. It is the oldest SUV model in production due to its durability and reliability in all terrains and weather conditions.
The first prototype Land Cruiser was nicknamed "Toyota BJ" and "Toyota Jeep" because of its B-type engines. In 1950, when the Korean War broke out, the United States needed military off-road vehicles, and the Allied Forces commissioned Toyota to build them.
In 1954, when Willy's Motor Company filed a trademark infringement claim for the name "Jeep" - the Japanese called their Jeeps "Land Cruiser".
Between 1955 and 1960, the Land Cruiser became available to the general public. In the following years, Toyota continued to make significant changes to the Land Cruiser model and introduced various variants - and the rest, as they say, is history.
Because of its strength, the United Nations uses the Land Cruiser for humanitarian aid in various parts of the world. Many units of the United Nations, such as the WHO, use the Land Cruiser to reach remote areas and help those in need.
The Australian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) gave the Land Cruiser a tough test, which it passed perfectly. The car had 88% child safety and 89% adult safety. We can say that Land Cruiser is a reliable car in terms of passenger safety, therefore it is ideal for long journeys as well.