Toyota Land Cruisers have been around for a brief while and are representative of a successful foreign made vehicle. Beginning with a military need for jeeps from the U.S,A. with a name that came from a Japanese man named "Toyoda," they have become a blend of sport and luxury, adapting over the years to the changing market.
Originally, the Toyota Jeep was developed to meet U.S. needs during the Korean war, as Japan became a military supplier during this time, and it started out as a fairly simple Jeep, most useful for transporting about 4 people across a rough road in many hard conditions. The body changed, with the decades, as popularity of needed vehicles came with the territory and functionality versus form constituted a growing trend of larger vehicles. It began with a reputation as a reliable, durable vehicle; off-road performance was very important. Always seeking to improve stability in its handling became the ongoing challenge, as well as increasing comfort and performance during the ride.
It continued to gain interest as it changed to a station wagon body in the late 1960’s and through the 70’s, as the desire for passenger room and better space for cargo increased. With an increased amount of recognition, the Land Cruiser has been ideal for handling capabilities within “bad road” driving. It has been a platform for 4 wheel drive vehicles and has continued the growth of vehicles that could function between 2 and 4 wheel drive. It has been gaining an increasing popularity as a versatile vehicle with people from many countries and environments. With time the demand also increased for more fashionable and passenger car-like characteristics.
The needs have grown through the years as different environments constituted a greater demand for the vehicle to function within a variety of landscapes. The Land Cruiser has continued to improve with newer technologies and used them to improve the riding performance for passengers, while often leading the way into better SUV performance. How do you retain the essence of a traditional Land Cruiser 4WD while satisfying the growing demand for an even better on-road performance? A softer suspension can make a more comfortable ride, but the problem is that it also tends to increase instability and can cause the passenger to feel unsettled. Because it was a vehicle that needed to function in many settings, it was necessary that it be ready to drive into a jungle or find a way along an almost impassable road, essentially with off- road capabilities.
As often as a new style is brought out, there are needs for changes, and the Toyota has gone through many over the years. Finding the best fit for the demands while staying true to the original style, has helped the Land Crusier navigate the automotive industry through decades of change.
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