Toyota Rukus Dropped From Australian Line-Up

The Toyota Rukus will soon be no more in the Australian market, as the Japanese carmaker has decided to delete the model from its local line-up.

Toyota confirmed it will cease production of the Australian version of the Rukus next month for a final delivery to local showrooms.

Once these examples arrive on Australian shores, they will be the last Rukus models sold in Australia in an official capacity and the Rukus will be cut from the local Toyota range once stock is exhausted.

Speaking with TMR, Toyota Australia’s Steve Coughlan said the Rukus’s somewhat unique styling has brought new buyers to the Toyota brand.

“Since the introduction of the model in 2010, we have found homes for over 3,500 Rukus models nationally,” Mr Coughlan said. “Like the FJ Cruiser and Toyota 86 sports car, the Rukus has been successful in attracting buyers who may never have previously considered a Toyota.”

Toyota describes the Rukus as “a real head-turner – Rukus may be square in shape but it’s definitely not square in attitude”.

The Rukus is available, for now, in three variants, and all are powered by a 2.4 litre four-cylinder petrol engine producing 123kW and 224Nm. A four-speed automatic is the sole transmission choice.

The entry-level Build1 variant is priced from $26,990, rising to $29,490 for the Build2 and $32,490 for the range-topping Build3 – plus on-road costs.

So if you’re a fan of the boxy Toyota, best get in quick.

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