Lexus March 2014 Sales Report


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USA

Lexus USA has reported 28,593 total sales for March 2014, a 28.0% improvement over last year — here’s the model-by-model breakdown:

MONTH Year to Date (*DSR)
2014 2013 % CHG* 2014 2013 % CHG*
CT 1,480 1,062 44.7 4,000 3,245 24.9
HS 0 1 ‐100.0 0 2 ‐100.0
IS 4,893 2,255 125.3 11,458 5,173 124.4
ES 6,784 6,798 3.6 15,103 16,801 -8.9
GS 2,484 1,882 37.1 5,358 4,089 32.8
LS 744 980 -21.2 1,967 2,860 -30.3
LFA 2 4 -48.1 4 9 -55.0
Total Cars 16,387 12,982 31.1 37,890 32,179 19.3
RX 9,943 9,072 13.8 21,232 21,404 0.5
GX 1,874 770 152.7 4,907 2,131 133.3
LX 389 366 10.4 1,056 1,026 4.3
Total Trucks 12,206 10,208 24.2 27,195 24,561 12.2
Total Sales 28,593 23,190 28.0 65,085 56,740 16.2

Please note, all percentages are calculated by the Daily Sales Rate (DSR), which takes into account the number of days in the month that dealerships could sell cars. March 2014 had 26 selling days, March 2013 had 27 selling days.

The Command Performance sales event in the USA was a success, bringing positive numbers to every model but the LS sedan.

The IS & GX continue to build impressive numbers, with both models showing triple digit increases over last year (as I noted in my recent review, the resurgence of the GX is well deserved).

The star of the month, however, has to be the GS and its 37.1% jump — it’s a model that’s been hard done-by over the last year, and it’s exciting to see sales rebounding. The RX also deserves an honorable mention, nearly topping 10,000 sales.


Canada

Lexus Canada had their best March ever with 1,594 total sales, an increase of 30.5% over last year. This is the second month in a row that Lexus Canada has posted record sales.

See the model-by-model Lexus Canada breakdown (PDF)

German Magazine Disassembles Lexus CT 200h After 100,000km Road Test


Lexus CT 200h Auto Bild

At the completion of their 100,000km extended road test of the Lexus CT 200h, German magazine Auto Bild disassembled the hybrid hatchback to look for signs of wear & tear:

Lexus CT 200h Disassembled

Looking through the accompanying photo gallery, there were some minor faults, but nothing major — in fact, the only two maintenance issues during the 100,000km road test were a loose interior door handle and new front brake pads at 58,502km.

Read more about the Auto Bild 100,000km Road Test

Lexus IS F SPORT Nominated for Wards 10 Best Interiors Award


Lexus IS Interior Wards Auto Awards

The 2014 Lexus IS F SPORT has been nominated for the 2014 WardsAuto 10 Best Interiors award.

Other cars be considered for the award include the Kia Cadenza, Cadillac ELR and CTS, Subaru WRX and Audi SQ5. The winners will be announced at the end of April.

Watch the Ward’s video overview of the IS F SPORT interior

Lexus Canada Replaces Standard RX with new 2015 RX SPORTDESIGN


Lexus RX Canada SPORTDESIGN

In a bold move, Lexus Canada will stop selling the standard RX, replacing it with the new 2015 RX SPORTDESIGN.

The RX SPORTDESIGN appears to share the same front-end design as Lexus USA’s Sport Appearance package, which merges the default RX grille with elements of the RX F SPORT.

(I like this new SPORTDESIGN much better than the standard RX — really fits with the new brand direction.)

Read more about the Lexus RX SPORTDESIGN

More Photos of the Yellow Lexus LFA Spyder & Toyota 2000GT


Lexus LFA Yellow Spyder Hero

Here’s some more photos of that one-off yellow Lexus LFA Spyder parked alongside the iconic Toyota 2000GT, this time from the Toyota UK blog:

Lexus LFA Yellow Spyder 2

Lexus LFA Yellow Spyder 3

There’s also this photo of the LFA Spyder’s interior, sent to me by reader Okada Yuki:

Yellow Lexus LFA Spyder Interior

The yellow Lexus LFA Spyder will be displayed alongside a 1967 Toyota 2000GT as part of a unique event at the Toyota Kaikan museum in Nagoya, Japan.

First spotted during a Tokyo Motor Show event, this yellow LFA Spyder will be in the museum until the end of April.

[Source: Toyota UK Blog] (Special thanks to Okada for the interior photo!)