Torrance, CA - With record-breaking 2002 annual sales, Lexus retained its crown as the nation's No. 1 selling luxury brand for the third consecutive year. The automaker today reported total year-end sales of 234,109, up 4.5 percent over last year's record-breaking number.
"While we never make being No. 1 in sales a priority, it is truly a testament to our dealers and the quality of our products that we scored the hat trick," said Denny Clements, Lexus group vice president and general manager. "The sales title gives us great momentum going into 2003."
In addition to all-time best-ever calendar-year-to-date (CYTD) sales, Lexus passenger car sales also enjoyed a record sales year, up 9.1 percent compared to 2001 CYTD totals, to 149,725 units. The ES 300 was the passenger car CYTD sales leader with 71,450 sedans sold, an increase of 59.3 percent over the same period last year. The SC hardtop convertible also recorded best-ever annual sales of 14,462.
Lexus also scored an all-time best-ever sales month in December with 24,845 units sold, surpassing the previous best-ever mark set in August 2002. Record-breaking December light truck sales of 11,436 units, up 36.9 percent over last December, were ignited by sales of 8,280 RX 300 sport utility vehicles (SUV). The LX 470 full-size SUV was up 66.1 percent for the month, and the all-new Lexus GX 470 mid-size luxury SUV debuted in December with sales of 2,190 units.
In addition to record-breaking new vehicle sales, Lexus Certified Pre-Owned CPO) vehicle sales hit record highs in 2002. Lexus CPO sales of 39,707 were up 17.7 percent over 2001 calendar year totals.