Lexus May 2011 Sales Report

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USA

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*
ES 2,400 5,115 -49.2 14,438 18,643 -22.6
CT 454 0 N/A 3,528 0 N/A
HS 220 1,360 -82.5 1,198 5,889 -79.7
LS 585 944 -32.9 3,742 4,911 -23.8
SC 1 34 -96.8 15 147 -89.8
GS 306 771 -57.0 1,794 2,947 -39.1
IS 1,715 3,247 -42.8 11,384 13,279 -14.3
LFA 0 0 N/A 22 0 N/A
Total Cars 5,681 11,471 -46.3 36,121 45,816 -21.2
LX 142 216 -28.8 1,341 1,324 1.3
GX 635 1,413 -51.3 5,078 6,946 -26.9
RX 5,847 9,116 -30.5 34,697 36,012 -3.7
Total Trucks 6,624 10,745 -33.2 41,116 44,282 -7.1
Total Sales 12,305 22,216 -40.0 77,237 90,098 -14.3

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.

Canada

The May sales for Lexus Canada tell a similar story, as sales fell 30.3% to 989 units.