Lexus USA has published their sales figures for May, and if anything, it shows the drastic effect the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake has had on the Japanese automaker:
|MONTH||Year to Date (*DSR)|
|2011||2010||% CHG*||2011||2010||% CHG*|
It’s a simple fact, really — if you don’t have the inventory, you have nothing to sell, and I don’t think there’s much more to these numbers than that. The good news is that Lexus expects to be back (PDF link) to near full production in June, but even that silver lining has a drawback: these models will take some time to reach North America, and probably won’t be in dealerships until August — meaning we can expect to see a couple more lean months.
The May sales for Lexus Canada tell a similar story, as sales fell 30.3% to 989 units.