Lexus USA September 2008 Sales Report

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With a 27% decrease overall, September was the worst month-to-month percentage drop in US automotive sales since 1991. Lexus certainly wasn’t exempt from the ill effects, with sales down 33.4%. Here’s the model-by-model breakdown:

2008 2007 % Change
IS250/350/F 3,044 3,757 -15.6
ES350 4,042 6,491 -35.1
GS350/460/450h 977 1,668 -39.0
SC430 129 297 -54.8
LS460/600h L 1,238 2,918 -55.8
Total Cars 9,430 15,131 -35.1
RX350/400h 4,639 7,841 -38.4
GX470 1,329 1,964 -29.5
LX570 647 177 280.8
Total Trucks 6,615 9,982 -31.0
Total Sales 16,045 25,113 -33.4

The LX 570’s success isn’t just the anomaly at Lexus, but across the entire industry. In fact, by my quick scanning, the only comparable vehicles out there are the Audi A5/S5 with a 525.2% increase and the Nissan Rogue with 507.5%. However, neither of those vehicles weigh over 8,000lbs. and get a combined city/highway of 14MPG.