There is a good reason why the LandCruiser is Toyota’s longest running series of models boasting sales of over 6.5 million units since manufacturing of this classic 4WD began in 1951.
Having been produced in a variety body styles, it’s longevity and reliability have contributed to its incredible popularity, in particular in Australia where it is the best selling body-on-frame 4WD vehicle.
But if there was ever a vehicle that was built for Australian conditions, it’s the LandCruiser, a point not lost on Toyota who test the LandCruiser exhaustively in the Australian outback, due to the rugged terrain and extreme temperatures.
It’s also a point that wasn’t lost on construction giants, Thiess Brothers, now part of Leighton Holdings, who in 1959 were sub-contacted to build large parts of the Snowy Mountains Hydroelectric Scheme. With vehicles of choice at the time, the Dodge Power Wagon and the Land Rover, experiencing difficulties meeting demand, Toyota spotted an opportunity and pounced.
With the backing of the Thiess Brothers, who were already familiar with the vehicle, Toyota were able to supply enough vehicles to meet the demand and become part of the folklore that remains Australia’s biggest and most important engineerings and construction achievements.
The Thiess Brothers’ love affair with the LandCruiser did not end there. Recognising that the vehicle would excel in the vast, desolate landscape of the Queensland outback, they promptly entered the market with over 20 dealerships in the Sunshine State, by the end of 1960.
This was the start Toyota needed in the Australian market having previously experienced obstacles and prejudice. With the support of farmers, miners and the science community, it’s place in the Australian automotive market as the work vehicle of choice was entrenched.
Today’s LandCruiser continues to serve industry, law enforcement and Australia’s defence forces and countless 4WD enthusiasts.
Globally, the LandCruiser remains the NATO vehicle of choice and also remains popular amongst many militant groups in war affected regions due to its ruggedness and reliability.
The current model, the J200 features a Lexus platform and has been described as the most sophisticated LandCruiser model to date. An attribute that many purists find challenging to accept.
If you’re still enjoying the outback or just going away for the odd weekend, it’s reassuring to know that Transgold stocks some 149 replacement suspension, transmission and engine mounting part for your Toyota LandCruiser.
Up until the early 80’s, compact, rear-wheel drive cars such as the Lancia Stratos and Ford Escort dominated world rallying. It took the ingenuity of the Audi engineering team and the release of the Audi Quattro in 1980 to change that.
The Audi Quattro story begins in 1977 during the winter testing of Volkswagen’s Iltis jeep. Audi engineer, Jorg Bensinger noticed that despite it’s relative low power output, the Iltis all-wheel drive outperformed the more powerful two-wheel drive Audi being driven alongside it.
Inspired by what they witnessed, Audi engineers wasted no time in developing a more powerful all-wheel drive prototype vehicle, dubbed the ‘A1’. The car was an instant success at its first trial in the deep snow of the Austrian Alps. The go ahead to enter production came soon after in May, 1978 when, then Volkswagen Chairman, Toni Schmucker, drove the vehicle over a wet, slopping field, himself.
The secret was in the hollow shaft, which contributed to a lightweight, compact design and the ability to distribute power in 2 directions. The car was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1980, under the name Audi Quattro.
The Quattro was an instant hit and with its 147kW, five-cylinder turbocharged engine also proved popular on the rally circuit, where it heralded the dominance of all-wheel drive vehicles. Audi dominated between 1982 to 1984, by which time other manufacturers caught up to all-wheel drive systems. Audi’s dominance on the rally circuit extended to the US and Australia.
The Quattro all-wheel drive system has evolved over the years to become a sophisticated piece of technology that now graces many Audi models, including their diesel range and SUVs.
In Australia, Audi entered a joint venture in 2001 with local company, Astre German Automotive PtyLtd to creating Audi Australia Pty Ltd, the sole importer and distributor of Audi vehicles in Australia.Audi is gaining ground in Australia and innovative technologies such as the Quattro all-wheel drive system have played and continue to play, a major role in their local success.
If you’re still enjoying the German engineering of your Audi Quattro, it’s reassuring to know that Transgold stocks over 20 replacement suspension, transmission and engine mounting part for models going back to 1995.
Spanning an impressive 44 year production run, the last Mitsubishi Lancer came off the production line in August 2017. Launched in 1973, the Lancer has been marketed as the Colt Lancer, Dodge/Plymouth Colt, Chrysler Valiant Lancer, Chrysler Lancer, Eagle Summit, Hindustan Lancer, Soueast Lioncel, Mitsubishi Galant Fortis and Mitsubishi Mirage in various countries at different times.
Despite the wide-ranging naming designations associated with the Lancer, it evolved and built on aproud rally heritage that culminated in its halo model, the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution.
Australian sales of the Mitsubishi Lancer regularly featured in the top 10 vehicle sales, however fell dramatically by 2017, which reflected the global plight of the model and a key factor in the decision to discontinue production.
First introduced in Australia in July 2008, the Evolution, included a Ralliart, the high-performance and motorsports division of Mitsubishi Motors, version. As the name suggests, Ralliart were also responsible for Mitsubishi’s rally and off-road racing vehicles.
The Lancer Evolution contributed to Mitsubishi’s proud motoring heritage and won over many local car enthusiasts in the process. The news that the model would be discontinued in 2017 in favour offocusing on crossovers and SUVs, was met with disappointment and disbelief by its fans.
Australian fans were given one last chance to participate in motoring history through the release ofa local version of the Lancer Evolution Final Edition in 2015.
Limited to 150 units the Lancer Evolution Final Edition improved on the regular Evo X’s outputs of 217kW and 366Nm to outputs to 226kW at 6500rpm and 414Nm at 3500rpm, edging out most of its direct competition at the time and delivering the highest engine performance of the Evolution series making it a fitting, final, tribute to this Mitsubishi classic.
If you’re still enjoying the ease of driving through the city or just doing the school run in your Mitsubishi Lancer, it’s reassuring to know that Transgold stocks replacement suspension, transmission and engine mounting part for your model. 107 part numbers in total covering models from 1979 onwards.