At the end of July, Toyota USA released its new car sales figures for the month of June. Total sales were 198,257 units. This is down 5.6% from the previous year and marks the 2nd month of decline.
The Camry, the bestselling Toyota passenger car, sold 32,561 units. This is down 13% from the previous year and marks the 5th straight month of decline. Corolla sales were up 1% at 30,950 units. This is the first growth in 2 months. The Prius was down 26.7% at 11,027 units, marking the 6th consecutive month of decline.
For Toyota light trucks, which includes SUVs, pickups and minivans, the flagship RAV4 sold 27,365 units. This represents 10.2% year-on-year growth and marks the 10th consecutive month of growth. Sales for the Highlander mid-sized SUV were down 2.9% at 13,436 units, which is the 2nd month of decline. The Tundra full-sized pickup saw a 5% drop with 9,433 units, marking the 6th month of decline. The newly introduced Tacoma was down 0.9% at 15,809 units, marking the 2nd month of decline.
For the Lexus brand, sales of the new NX SUV showed continued growth, up 16.2% at 4,069 units. The new RC coupe saw a 30.3% drop in sales at 787 units, marking the 6th month of decline. The newly introduced RX saw 11.2% growth at 8,045 units, marking the 6th month of growth. IS sales were down 28.1% at 2,748 units, marking the 14th month of decline. The GS sold 1,351, which marks 17.8% year-on-year decline and the 5th month of decline. CT sales were down 29.8% at 785 units, marking the 9th month of decline. LX luxury SUV sales grew 37.2% at 306 units, marking the first growth in two months.
Toyota’s US new car sales in 2015 were up 5.3% at 2,499,313 units. Sales for the first half of 2016 (January to June) were down 2.7% at 1,197,800 units. Toyota division group vice president Bill Fay said, “The auto industry had its best first half since 2000. Toyota remains the No. 1 retail brand for the first half, and anticipates record sales for the year for our light trucks as availability continues to strengthen.”
(Translated by Greg Scott)