August 1, 2007 – Torrance, CA - Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., today reported July sales of 224,058 vehicles, a decrease of 3.5 percent from July 2006.
"The industry stumbled this month, on continued housing weakness," said Jim Lentz, TMS executive vice president. "Though Toyota didn't match last July's record–setting sales, heightened demand for hybrids and crossovers is reassuring, particularly with the next generation Highlander just now hitting showrooms."
The Toyota Division posted July sales of 196,917, down 4.5 percent from last July. The Lexus Division reported best-ever July sales of 27,141 units, an increase of 4.9 percent.
Toyota Division passenger cars recorded July sales of 112,153, a decrease of 10.2 percent from last July. Passenger car sales were led by Camry, which posted July sales of 41,514, up 3.2 percent over the same period last year. Camry Hybrid reported sales of 4,329 units in July. The Prius hybrid gas-electric mid-size sedan posted best-ever July sales of 16,062, an increase of 50.5 percent over July 2006. Corolla reported July sales of 29,719 units.
Toyota Division light truck sales were up 4.2 percent, with a best-ever July total of 84,764 units. Light truck sales were led by the all-new Tundra full-size pickup with all-time best-ever sales of 23,150, an increase of 134.5 percent over the year-ago month. The RAV4 compact sport utility vehicle (SUV) reported best-ever July sales of 14,494, up 2.3 percent over the same period last year. Highlander and Highlander Hybrid posted combined July sales of 8,858. The Highlander Hybrid gas-electric mid-size SUV reported sales of 1,205 units for the month.
Scion posted July sales of 11,640 units. The tC sports coupe led the way with July sales of 6,229 units. The xB urban utility vehicle posted sales of 5,073 units for the month.
Lexus passenger cars reported best-ever July sales of 16,755 units, an increase of 8.0 percent over July 2006. Passenger car sales were led by the ES 350 luxury sedan with July sales of 6,909 units. The all-new LS 460 and LS 460 L reported combined sales of 2,696, an increase of 189.2 percent over last July. Combined sales of the IS 250 and IS 350 posted best-ever July sales of 4,892 units, up 5.1 percent over the year-ago month.
Lexus Division light trucks reported July sales totaling 10,386 units, an increase of 0.2 percent over the same period last year. The RX 350 and RX 400h enjoyed combined July sales of 8,413 units, up 3.2 percent over July 2006. The RX 400h hybrid luxury utility vehicle reported sales of 1,385 units for the month, up 18.0 percent over the year-ago month.
TMS calendar-year-to-date hybrid sales totaled 169,659 units, an increase of 59.0 percent over the same period last year. In July, TMS posted sales of 23,123 hybrid vehicles, up 19.0 percent over last July. Toyota Division posted sales of 21,596 hybrids, up 19.0 percent over the same period last year. Lexus Division posted sales of 1,527 hybrids, an increase of 16.0 percent over last July.
There were 24 selling days this month, as compared to 25 selling days last July.