Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., today reported an all-time best-ever sales month totaling 219,965 units in April, up 8.5 percent over the same period last year.
"The market for lower-priced, higher-mileage vehicles is showing strength, as are hybrids," said Jim Press, Toyota Motor Sales president and COO. "Record oil prices have a way of reminding us how close to the cliff we’re living."
The Toyota Division recorded an all-time best-ever sales month in April with 195,286 units, an increase of 10 percent, while the Lexus Division posted April sales of 24,679 units.
Toyota Division’s passenger cars posted all-time best-ever sales in April of 114,670 units, an increase of 6.3 percent over last year. The completely redesigned 2007 Camry, which went on sale in late April, recorded best-ever April sales of 40,203 units, an increase of 3.3 percent. Arriving in showrooms the last week of April, the all-new Camry Hybrid had early sales of 86 units. Demand for the Prius gas-electric hybrid continues to outweigh supply, with sales totaling 8,234 units for the month. Making its U.S. debut in mid March, the Yaris subcompact posted robust sales of 6,393 units. The Corolla enjoyed all-time best-ever sales of 36,155 units in April, up 9.3 percent.
Toyota Division light truck sales reported a best-ever April totaling 80,616 units, an increase of 15.6 percent. Hybrid sales showed no signs of slowing, with the Highlander Hybrid gas-electric mid-size SUV reporting an all-time best-ever sales month of 3,768 units. Combined April sales of the Highlander and Highlander Hybrid totaled 10,712 units.
Sales of the RAV4 reached an all-time best-ever of 13,854 units, up 106.4 percent over the same period last year. The all-new FJ Cruiser, which debuted in late March, posted strong April sales of 5,649 units. The 4Runner mid-size SUV sales totaled 9,406 units for the month, up 14.7 percent over last April. Tacoma posted April sales of 15,220 units, up 4.3 percent over the same period last year.
Scion reported strong April sales of 15,444 units. The xA subcompact led the way with all-time best-ever sales of 3,331 units, an increase of 29.5 percent. The tC sports coupe posted April sales of 6,435 units, while the xB recorded sales of 5,678 units for the month.
Lexus passenger cars posted best-ever April sales of 13,304 units, an increase of 11.2 percent. The IS luxury sport sedans reported best-ever April sales of 4,715 units, a 978.5 percent increase over last April. The IS 250 reported sales of 3,531, with the IS 350 recording 1,184 units. The all-new GS 450h hybrid luxury performance sedan went on sale the last week in April and posted early sales of 141 units.
Lexus light trucks recorded April sales of 11,375 units. The RX luxury utility vehicles posted combined April sales of 8,890 units. The RX 400h luxury hybrid SUV continued its steady sales performance with a total of 2,247 units in April.
Sales of North American-built vehicles accounted for 54.3 percent of total April sales. There were 26 selling days this April compared to 27 selling days last April.
Credit: Toyota Motor Sales, USA