August 2, 2005 - Torrance, CA - Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., today reported its best-ever sales month in 48 years of business in the United States with total July sales of 216,417 vehicles, an increase of 12.3 percent. Calendar-year-to-date (CYTD) sales total 1,330,487, up 11.7 percent over the same period last year.
"As sure as the rising tide of bargains lifted the market industry-wide, the coming months will test the industry's seaworthiness," said Jim Press, TMS president and COO. "We're banking on the breadth and strength of our products – from hybrids to pickups – to sustain our momentum."
The Toyota Division posted all-time best-ever sales of 189,855, up 12.6 percent. The Lexus Division reported best-ever July sales with 26,562 units sold, an increase of 9.8 percent.
Toyota Division passenger cars recorded best-ever July sales of 108,301, up 16.2 percent over the same period last year. The all-new 2005 Avalon full-size sedan enjoyed best-ever July sales of 9,432, up 188.4 percent. The Prius gas-electric hybrid mid-size sedan posted best-ever July sales of 9,691, an increase of 92.4 percent. Camry sales rose 7.7 percent with 43,004 units sold, while Corolla sales were a best-ever July at 30,557 units, up 3.8 percent.
Toyota Division light truck sales were up 8.2 percent, with an all-time best-ever total of 81,554 units. Light truck sales were led by the Sienna van with all-time best-ever sales of 18,293, up 42.9 percent over the same period last year. RAV4 compact SUV sales rose 14.5 percent with 7,394 units sold, while Tacoma pickup truck sales were at 16,410, up 14.2 percent. The Highlander Hybrid gas-electric mid-size SUV, which launched in early June, reported sales of 2,564 units in July. The Highlander and Highlander Hybrid enjoyed best-ever combined July sales of 14,223, up 4.4 percent.
Scion reported best-ever July sales with 15,288 units sold. The tC sports coupe, which debuted last summer, led the way with best-ever sales of 7,929 units, an increase of 30.8 percent over last July.
Lexus passenger cars posted best-ever July sales with 13,757 units, an increase of 17.5 percent. Sales momentum continued with best-ever July sales of the GS 300, which posted sales of 2,785 units and an increase of 315.5 percent, while the GS 430 posted sales of 589, an increase of 333.8 percent. The ES 330 entry luxury sedan enjoyed best-ever July sales of 6,810, an increase of 6.0 percent over the same period last year.
Lexus Division light trucks posted July sales with 12,805 units, up 2.6 percent. The LX 470 full-size luxury utility vehicle sales rose 41.4 percent in July for a total of 893 units. The GX 470 recorded best-ever July sales of 2,847 units, an increase of 5.0 percent. The 2006 RX 400h, launched in April as the world's first luxury hybrid vehicle, reported sales of 2,262 units for the month. The RX 330 and RX 400h posted combined July sales of 9,065 units.
Sales of North American-built vehicles accounted for 61.5 percent of total July sales. There were 26 selling days this sales month compared to 27 last July.