Lexus USA August 2007 Sales Report

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Lexus’ August sales figures are in, and the automaker has posted 3.6% overall increase when compared to last year.

Here’s the by-model breakdown of the numbers:

2007 2006 % Change
IS250/350 5,381 5,553 -3.1
ES350 8,646 7,973 8.4
GS350 2,161 2,609 -17.2
GS430/450h 139 362 -61.6
SC430 298 493 -39.6
LS460 3,164 1,386 128.3
Total Cars 19,789 18,376 7.7
RX350/400h 10,032 9,805 2.3
GX470 2,157 2,458 -12.2
LX470 221 435 -49.2
Total Trucks 12,410 12,698 -2.3
Total Sales 32,199 31,074 3.6

The LS 460 is clearly the only reason why Lexus didn’t see a sale decrease, with a 128.3% increase over last year, jumping from 1,386 units sold to 3,164. The ES and RX saw a marginal increase as well, but all other models fell below their August 2006 totals.

I’m continually surprised by the low GS 430/450h sales, but it’s possible that buyers are waiting for the newly spruced up 2008 editions. The same could be said for the LX, with the new LX 570 on its way to showrooms sometime in early 2008.

Toyota Reports August Sales

September 4, 2007 – Torrance, CA – Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., today reported August sales of 233,471 vehicles, a decrease of 2.8 percent from August 2006.

“Reduced credit tied to the subprime squeeze challenged consumer confidence this month,” said Jim Lentz, TMS executive vice president. “We’re holding our own on the strength of a strong dealer body, sustained brand loyalty and a lineup of fresh quality products.”

The Toyota Division posted August sales of 201,272, down 3.7 percent from last August. The Lexus Division reported best-ever August sales of 32,199 units, an increase of 3.6 percent.

Toyota Division

Toyota Division passenger cars recorded August sales of 115,718, a decrease of eight percent from last August. Passenger car sales were led by Camry, which posted August sales of 42,658, up one percent over the same period last year. Camry Hybrid reported sales of 4,284 units in August. The Prius hybrid gas-electric mid-size sedan posted best-ever August sales of 14,055, an increase of 25.7 percent over August 2006. Corolla reported August sales of 30,491 units.

Toyota Division light truck sales were up 2.7 percent, with a best-ever August total of 85,554 units. Light truck sales were led by the all-new Tundra full-size pickup with best-ever August sales of 18,919, an increase of 69.3 percent over the year-ago month. The RAV4 compact sport utility vehicle (SUV) reported all-time best-ever August sales of 15,916, up 10.8 percent over the same period last year. Highlander and Highlander Hybrid posted combined August sales of 9,514.

Scion posted August sales of 14,773 units. The tC sports coupe led the way with August sales of 6,590 units. The xB urban utility vehicle posted sales of 5,329 units for the month.

Lexus Division

Lexus passenger cars reported best-ever August sales of 19,789 units, an increase of 7.7 percent over August 2006. Passenger car sales were led by the ES 350 luxury sedan with best-ever August sales of 8,646 units, an increase of 8.4 percent over the year-ago month. The all-new LS luxury sedan reported combined sales of 3,164, an increase of 128.3 percent over last August.

Lexus Division light trucks reported August sales totaling 12,410 units. The RX 350 and RX 400h enjoyed combined August sales of 10,032 units, up 2.3 percent over August 2006. The RX 400h hybrid luxury utility vehicle reported sales of 1,172 units for the month.

TMS Hybrids

TMS calendar-year-to-date hybrid sales totaled 189,945 units, an increase of 50 percent over the same period last year. In August, TMS posted sales of 20,286 hybrid vehicles, down one percent from last August. Toyota Division posted sales of 18,717 hybrids, remaining flat compared to the same period last year. Lexus Division posted sales of 1,569 hybrids.

There were 27 selling days this sales month and last August.