Toyota Sales Up Overall, Lexus Down Despite Giant Red Bows

This is what we get for putting too much faith in fancy wrapping paper. Toyota Motor Company was able to move 197,189 vehicles in November, up 0.3% from the previous year (break out the champagne). Despite disruptions in the housing market and increased fuel costs, Toyota moved approximately 6.2% more passenger cars. This includes a 109.0% increase in Prius sales. Lexus was down 7.0% for the month, with less people buying Lexus SUVs and large sedans. Gas prices didn't slow down sales of the Tundra, which increased 43.2%, though a dated design hurt sales of the Tacoma. Full press release below the jump:

Toyota Reports November Sales

December 3, 2007 -Torrance, CA - Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., today reported best-ever November sales of 197,189 vehicles, an increase of 0.3 percent over last November.

"Rising fuel prices and sliding home values delivered a one-two punch this month," said Jim Lentz, TMS executive vice president. "But the industry's not down for the count. Demand for fresh, more fuel-efficient products continues to show strength."

The Toyota Division posted best-ever November sales of 172,341, an increase of 1.4 percent over last November.

Toyota Division
Toyota Division passenger cars recorded best-ever November sales of 98,749 units, up 6.2 percent over last November. Passenger-car sales were led by Camry, which posted best-ever November sales of 35,409, an increase of 3.6 percent over the same period last year. Camry Hybrid reported sales of 5,118 units in November, up 65 percent over November 2006. The Prius hybrid gas-electric mid-size sedan posted best-ever November sales of 16,737, an increase of 109 percent over last November. Corolla reported November sales of 25,012 units.

Toyota Division light truck sales were down 4.4 percent, with November sales of 73,592 units. Light truck sales were led by the all-new Tundra full-size pickup with best-ever November sales of 14,988, an increase of 43.2 percent over the year-ago month. The RAV4 compact sport utility vehicle reported November sales of 12,354, up 8.1 percent over the same period last year. Highlander and Highlander Hybrid posted combined best-ever sales of 12,312 in November, up 10.9 percent over last November. The Highlander Hybrid gas-electric mid-size SUV reported sales of 2,577 units for the month.

Scion posted November sales of 9,619 units. The tC sports coupe led the way with November sales of 3,845 units. The xB urban utility vehicle posted November sales of 3,842 units, an increase of 10.4 percent over last November.

Lexus Division
Lexus passenger cars reported November sales of 14,892 units, a decrease of 7.8 percent from November 2006. Passenger-car sales were led by the ES 350 luxury sedan with November sales of 5,902 units. The IS 250/350 luxury sport sedan was up 6.9 percent with sales of 3,849. The LS 460/460 L and new LS 600h L luxury sedans reported combined sales of 2,668. The LS 600h L hybrid luxury sedan posted sales of 170 units for the month. The GS 350 luxury sport sedan had sales of 1,989, up 19.5 percent, while the GS 460/450h posted combined sales of 216, an increase of 10.2 percent.

Lexus Division light trucks reported November sales totaling 9,956 units, a decrease of 5.7 percent from the year-ago month. The RX 350 and RX 400h posted combined November sales of 8,038 units. The RX 400h hybrid luxury utility vehicle reported sales of 1,674 units for the month, an increase of 26 percent.

TMS Hybrids
TMS calendar-year-to-date hybrid sales totaled 253,466 units, an increase of 45 percent over the same period last year. In November, TMS posted sales of 26,376 hybrid vehicles, up 85 percent over last November. Toyota Division posted sales of 24,432 hybrids, up 91 percent over November 2006. Lexus Division posted sales of 1,944 hybrids, an increase of 29 percent over last November.

There were 25 selling days this month and last November. [ Source: Toyota]