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Toyota Announces Best-Ever Sales Month

Eine Meldung der Toyota Motor Sales, USA

Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., today reported its best-ever sales month in 46 years of business in the US with total May sales of 186,764 vehicles, an increase of 6.1 percent. Year-to-date sales now stand at 747,641, up 2.1 percent over the same period last year.

"Emerging signs of a strengthening economy, a much anticipated tax break and a stock market showing hints of a comeback combined to fuel industry sales in May," Said Jim Press, TMS executive vice president and COO. "These positive signs will probably result in revised second-half industry sales forecasts."

All-time monthly sales records set during May include:
* Total passenger car May sales (Toyota and Lexus) of 103,108;
* Total Toyota Division passenger car sales of 91,475
* Total Toyota Division sales of 162,924;
* Corolla sales of 35,930, topping the previous mark set in 1979 and up 26.9 percent from May 2002.
* Total light truck sales (Toyota and Lexus) 83,656

Toyota Division light truck sales recorded best-ever May sales with 71,449 units, up 8.0 percent. The Highlander mid-size sport utility vehicle (SUV) led the way with best-ever May sales of 11,623, an increase of 5.6 percent from the same period last year. Sales of the all-new 4Runner mid-size SUV increased 41.6 percent compared to last year with 10,913 units sold. The all-new Toyota Sienna van enjoyed increased sales of 10.0 percent to 9,171. Tundra full-size pickup sales were up 15.1 percent to 11,042 and Tacoma compact pickup sales of 14,860 increased 3.8 percent.

The Lexus Division reported May sales of 23,840, an increase of 5.3 percent. Lexus light truck sales led the way with 12,207 units sold, up 57.7 percent. The all-new RX 330 luxury SUV reported strong sales of 8,525 units, a 23.1 percent increase over last year's RX 300. The all-new GX 470 SUV posted strong sales of 2,940.

Sales of North American-built vehicles accounted for 62.0 percent of total May sales. There were 27 selling days compared to 26 selling days last May.

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