Hey there, everybody! It’s been a minute since we heard anything new from the mysterious Toyota Mirai concept from Toyota. Well, today I’ve got some news for you – the new vehicle is doing so good on the market, that, in order to get one for yourself, you’ll have to wait about 2 years or so! It’s not my words; I’m just quoting one of the company’s executives. Are you willing to wait that long?
Ahead Of The Schedule
Now, the Toyota Mirai has been available only on the Japanese market, since December 15th. Apparently, it’s a big success, as the orders are already approaching the 2K units mark. The backlog is pretty serious, so, that’s how the 2 years on the wailing list popped up. And all that fuss and buzz without even being on the European and American markets. The United States will have a chance to get that hyped-up concept this fall. Yep, you could imagine how that would escalate the situation with the backlog. I guess nobody would have thought that the futuristic hydrogen-powered vehicle could turn out to be such a big hit.
One Toyota`s Mirai Day
To satisfy the ever-growing customer demand, Toyota officially claimed that the engineers will have 2K units ready in 2016 and 3K units in 2017. I want to remind you folks that initially, when the company just unveiled the car, the executives were hoping to sell 3K units at the end of 2017. As for 2015, the Japanese promised the fans to make 700 units of the Toyota Mirai, which equals roughly 3 models a day. That won’t change the situation with the backorder – not even a little bit. The production of the fuel-cell sedan is actually a very time- and energy-consuming task. You need 4 to 5 engineers to make one Mirai a day.
The Risk Of Disappointment
The thing is, it hasn’t been even properly tested yet, and, with a challenging technology at the core of the vehicle, Toyota just wants to go slow. But that could also make the potential customers impatient and eventually lose their faith in the new sedan. So, I guess, the main question is – will the 2-year wait discourage the fans, or will they stick with the Japanese? Two years is a life-time – a lot can happen!
Toyota Mirai: The Rivalry
At the same time, Toyota’s own Prius made some buzz lately in the Las-Vegas exhibition, and so, if it delivers everything that the manufacturer promised – exceptional MPG being one of them – by the time the Toyota Mirai arrives it can very well be outdated. The last thing the company wants is an outrage of angry customers over the futuristic new concept.
That’s about it, fam! Hard times for Toyota, that’s for sure. I’ll keep my eye on the situation and will update you whenever something new pops up. Share your thoughts and dilemmas in the comments section below – who knows, maybe Toyota will listen to what you have to say?
There is interesting video about it: 2016 Toyota Mirai First Drive.