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Toyota Reports May Sales
TORRANCE, Calif., June 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., today reported all-time best-ever sales of 269,023 vehicles for the month, an increase of 9.7 percent over May 2006. The former all-time best-ever record was 242,675 units in March 2007.
"As fuel prices and consumer confidence rose, the industry saw a move to passenger cars, with retail business posting sharp gains over a very challenging April," said Jim Lentz, TMS executive vice president. "Despite the industry's shift toward passenger cars, Toyota's all-new Tundra hit an all-time high in May. As for hybrids, the market's appetite continues unabated, with Prius also establishing an all-time record."
The Toyota Division posted all-time best-ever sales of 237,176, up 10.9 percent over last May. The Lexus Division reported best-ever May sales of 31,847 units, an increase of 2.1 percent.
Toyota Division passenger cars recorded all-time best-ever sales of 148,327, an increase of 12.7 percent over last May. Passenger car sales were led by Camry, which posted best-ever May sales of 50,126, up 11.8 percent over the same period last year. Camry Hybrid reported sales of 6,853 units in May. The Prius hybrid gas-electric mid-size sedan posted all-time best-ever sales of 24,009, an increase of 184.9 percent over May 2006. The Yaris subcompact reported an increase of 30.5 percent, posting best-ever May sales of 10,949 units. Corolla reported all-time best-ever sales of 45,238 units, an increase of 4.7 percent over the year-ago month.
Toyota Division light truck sales were up eight percent, with a best-ever May total of 88,849 units. Light truck sales were led by the RAV4 compact sport utility vehicle (SUV), which reported best-ever May sales of 16,547, up 13.5 percent over the same period last year. The all-new Tundra full-size pickup reported all-time best-ever sales of 17,727, an increase of 113.8 percent over the year-ago month. Highlander and Highlander Hybrid posted combined May sales of 11,991, up 6.7 percent over the same period last year. The Highlander Hybrid gas-electric mid-size SUV reported sales of 3,312 units for the month. FJ Cruiser reported May sales of 4,639 units.
Scion posted May sales of 11,570 units. The tC sports coupe led the way with May sales of 6,615 units. The xB urban utility vehicle posted sales of 3,658 units for the month.
Lexus passenger cars reported best-ever May sales of 19,943 units, an increase of 4.8 percent over May 2006. Passenger car sales were led by the ES 350 luxury sedan with May sales of 8,572 units. The all-new LS 460 and LS 460 L reported combined sales of 3,196, an increase of 183.2 percent over last May. Combined sales of the IS 250 and IS 350 posted all-time best-ever sales of 5,722 units, up 19.5 percent over May 2006.
Lexus Division light trucks reported May sales totaling 11,904 units. The RX 350 and RX 400h enjoyed combined best-ever May sales of 9,798 units. The RX 400h hybrid luxury utility vehicle reported sales of 1,746 units for the month.
TMS calendar-year-to-date hybrid sales totaled 119,154 units, an increase of 75 percent over the same period last year. In May, TMS posted sales of 36,101 hybrid vehicles, up 102 percent over last May. Toyota Division posted sales of 34,174 hybrids, up 121 percent over the same period last year. Lexus Division posted sales of 1,927 hybrids.
There were 26 selling days this month, as compared to 25 selling days last May.