June 1, 2006 – Torrance, CA – Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., today reported overall best-ever monthly sales of 235,708 vehicles, an increase of 12.3 percent over May 2005. It marks the third consecutive month and seventh time Toyota has recorded at least 200,000 sales in a single month. Calendar-year-to-date (CYTD) sales total 1,000,524 units, up 8.8 percent over the same period last year.
"The pinch at the pump has made small cars part of the big picture, right along with hybrids," said TMS Group Vice President and Toyota Division General Manager Jim Lentz, whose promotion to executive vice president of TMS is subject to the approval of Toyota Motor Corporation on June 23. "The market is healthy, though shifting."
The Toyota Division reported all-time best-ever monthly sales of 205,709, up 12.8 percent. The Lexus Division recorded best-ever May sales with 29,999 units sold, an increase of 8.9 percent.
Toyota Division passenger cars posted all-time best-ever monthly sales of 144,875 units, up 19.6 percent over the same period last year. Making its U.S. debut in mid March, the Yaris subcompact posted robust sales of 8,065 units. The Corolla enjoyed all-time best-ever sales of 41,550 units in May, up 28 percent. The completely redesigned 2007 Camry, which went on sale in March, recorded May sales of 43,112 units, an increase of 3.6 percent. Arriving in showrooms in late April, the all-new Camry Hybrid had early sales of 3,032 units. Demand for the Prius gas-electric hybrid continues to outweigh supply, with sales totaling 8,103 units for the month.
Toyota Division light truck sales reported a best-ever May totaling 79,127 units, an increase of 6.4 percent. Sales of RAV4 reached all-time best-ever sales of 14,013 units, up 97 percent over the same period last year. The all-new FJ Cruiser, which debuted in late March, posted strong sales of 6,670 units. Highlander Hybrid enjoyed May sales of 3,755 units.
Scion reported all-time best-ever sales with 18,103 units sold. The tC sports coupe reported best-ever May sales of 7,413 units, up 10.6 over last year. The popular xB subcompact recorded its all-time best-ever month with 6,763 units sold, an increase of 41.4. The xA subcompact also posted all-time best-ever monthly sales of 3,927 units, up 71.3 percent over the same period last year.
Lexus passenger cars posted all-time best-ever sales with 18,293 units, an increase of 38.9 percent. The all-new ES 350 luxury sedan, which went on sale in late April, led the way with an all-time best-ever sales month of 9,554 units, and increase of 52.2 percent. The IS luxury sport sedans reported best-ever May sales of 4,605 units, a 928.1 percent increase over last May. The IS 250 reported sales of 3,400, with the IS 350 recording 1,205 units. The RX 400h luxury hybrid SUV continued its steady sales performance with a total of 2,006 units in May.
Sales of North American-built vehicles accounted for 52.4 percent of total May sales. There were 25 selling days this sales month compared to 24 last May.
Credit: Toyota Motor Sales, USA