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Toyota’s Feb. U.S. sales up 4.1% to 180,000 units, SUV logs record-high sales

Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. (TMS) reported its February sales early in March. The overall sales increased 4.1% year-on-year to 187,954 units, exceeding last year’s figures for the first time in two months.

For Toyota passenger cars, the sales for the 2015 Camry, the best-selling passenger car, decreased for the first time in six months, down 1.6% year-on-year to 32,405 units. The sales for the Corolla, which was introduced in 2013, rose 5.4% to 29,342 units, an increase for the first time in two months. The sales for the outgoing Prius decreased for the second consecutive month, down 12.2% to 10,550 units.

The sales for Toyota light trucks (SUVs/pickup trucks/minivans) set a new February record. The flagship RAV4 set a new February sales record, up 16.3% year-on-year to 25,523 units, enjoying a sixth consecutive month of year-on-year growth. The sales Highlander midsize SUV enjoys a third consecutive month of year-on-year growth, up 10.7% to 12,466 units. The sales for the Tundra full-size pickup truck decreased for the second consecutive month, down 8.3% to 8,301 units. Meanwhile, the all-new Tacoma is enjoying a fifth consecutive month of year-on-year growth, up 14.5% to 14,172 units.

For Lexus Division, the sales for the all-new NX SUV continues to remain strong, up 39.1% year-on-year to 3,709 units. Meanwhile, the sales for the new RC coupe decreased for the second consecutive month, down 6.5% year-on-year to 920 units. The all-new RX is enjoying its second consecutive month of year-on-year growth, up 10.8% to 7,192 units. The sales for the IS decreased for the 10th consecutive month, down 12.5% to 2,961 units. The sales for the GS decreased for the first time in four months, down 37% year-on-year to 1,167 units. The sales for the CT decreased for the fifth consecutive month, down 22.1% to 762 units. The sales for the LX luxury SUV remains strong, up 81.1% to 527 units.

Toyota Motor Corporation reported that their sales in the USA for 2015 increased 5.3% year-on-year to 2,499,313 units. TMS Vice President Bill Fay said: “Light trucks continue to drive strong demand in 2016. Because of this, Toyota Division logged a new February record.”

(Translated by Katherine N. Bantiles)