On January 3, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. announced its year-end sales results for 2017. Overall sales continued to decline, falling 0.6% year on year to 2,434,515 units.
Passenger cars comprised 1,015,081 units of this total, dropping 11.5% from the previous year. Meanwhile, light trucks including SUVs grew 9% yoy to a record 1,419,427 units.
Sales of Toyota brand passenger cars were led by the top-selling Camry, despite its 0.4% decline to 387,081 units. The Corolla also fell 13% to 329,196 units. The Prius, due to the popularity of SUVs, dropped 20.5% to 108,662 units.
Climbing 15.7% to a record-high 407,594 units was the RAV4, which led the way for the Toyota brand’s light trucks (SUVs, pickup trucks, minivans). The Highlander midsize SUV improved 12.7% to a record 215,775 units.
The Tundra full-size pickup recovered to 116,285 units, a 0.7% rise year on year. With the release of a new model, the Tacoma continued its growth, improving 3.4% to 198,124 units. The C-HR also posted favorable results, achieving 25,755 units.
Written by: Minoru Moriwaki
(Translated by: Masayuki Shikata)