Even with two weeks remaining in the 2019 calendar year, a trio of Lexus markets are expecting record sales.
As of December 10, Lexus UK surpassed its all-time sales record – 15,126 vehicles – with a forecast of 15,700 total deliveries at year-end. Those numbers already surpass the previous record for the brand in Britain (set in 2007, before the global financial crash) and represent a sizable 25% increase over 2018 sales figures.
Much credit goes to the marque’s lineup of hybrid crossover SUVs, which comprise 70% of total sales for 2019 and a 58% increase versus 2018. NX sales led the way with more than 4600 units sold, while the RX line saw a 19% rise versus 2018 and the new-for-2019 UX saw approximately 3500 units delivered in its inaugural year. On the sedan front, the new ES is experiencing a 3-month wait on new orders.
More information appears in a Lexus UK Media Site release.
Lexus sales in Spain for 2019 will, for the first time, hit 5 digits for an estimated 10,000 units. This marks a 43% (or 3000 unit) jump versus 2018, and extends Lexus Spain’s streak of continuous year-on-year sales increases to seven (since 2012, when annual sales stood at a mere 1800 units).
The Lexus Spain news release doesn’t delve on individual model sales figures, but reminds us that the brand’s current lineup is 100% hybrid and that the 2020 calendar year will alter that fact with 2 new models: the battery-electric UX 300e and the “spectacular” LC 500 Cabrio.
Surging sales in the second half of the year brought Lexus’ Australian sales through November just 136 units short of breaking their all-time record of 9027 units sold in all of 2016. And sales through the first week in December are estimated to have shattered that mark.
A Lexus Australia Pressroom release notes that, as with most world markets, the NX is the most popular model line (with 355 sales in November alone). The LX posted its strongest January-November sales tally in 16 years with 396 units sold, and the ES notched its highest January-November totals in 5 years with 519 units sold (versus just 185 units last year).