Toyota is reporting total US sales were down 9.4% for August 2008 as compared to the same period a year earlier. Trucks led the decline with a drop of 17.6%, though Toyota cars also declined 3.4%. Bright spots for Toyota included the Yaris subcompact, which was up 20.5%, and, inexplicably, the huge Sequoia SUV, which was up 86.1% from August 2007. And, for those of you counting, total Toyota hybrid sales for August 2008 (including Lexus hybrids) came in at 19,529 units, more than 13,000 of which were from Prius. Full release after the jump.
September 3, 2008 - Torrance, CA - Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., today reported August sales of 211,533 vehicles, a decrease of 9.4 percent from last August, on a daily selling rate basis. The Toyota Division posted August sales of 182,252 units, a decrease of 9.4 percent from last August. The Lexus Division reported August sales of 29,281 units, a decrease of 9.1 percent from the year-ago month. Toyota Division Toyota Division passenger cars recorded August sales of 111,778 units, down 3.4 percent from the same period last year. Passenger car sales were led by Camry and Camry Hybrid, which posted combined sales of 44,064 units, up 3.3 percent over August 2007. Camry Hybrid reported August sales of 3,456 units. Corolla recorded sales of 29,443 units for the month. With limited availability, the Prius mid-size gas-electric hybrid posted August sales of 13,463 units. Yaris reported sales of 9,474 units for the month, up 20.5 percent over the year-ago month. Toyota Division light trucks posted August sales of 70,474 units, down 17.6 percent from August 2007. Light truck sales were led by the Tundra full-size pickup with August sales of 17,401 units. The Tacoma mid-size pickup reported sales of 12,407 units for the month. Highlander and Highlander Hybrid posted combined sales of 8,070 units in August. The Highlander Hybrid gas-electric mid-size SUV reported August sales of 1,277 units, up 225 percent over last August. Sequoia posted sales of 3,195 units for the month, up 86.1 percent over the same period last year. Scion posted August sales of 11,867 units. The xB urban utility vehicle led the way with August sales 4,626 units. The tC sports coupe posted August sales of 4,484 units. The xD reported best-ever August sales of 2,757 units for the month, up 3.5 percent over the same period last year. Lexus Division Lexus passenger cars reported August sales of 17,844 units, a decrease of 9.8 percent from August 2007. Passenger-car sales were led by the ES entry luxury sedan with August sales of 7,881 units. The IS entry luxury sport sedan reported best-ever combined sales of 6,318 units, up 17.4 percent over last August. The LS flagship luxury sedan reported combined sales of 1,772 units. The GS luxury sport sedan reported combined August sales of 1,686 units. Lexus Division light trucks recorded August sales of 11,437 units, down 7.8 percent from the year-ago month. Lexus sales were led by the RX luxury utility vehicle, which posted combined August sales of 8,969 units. The RX 400h hybrid luxury utility vehicle reported August sales of 1,277 units, up nine percent over August 2007. The LX 570 reported sales of 748 units, an increase of 238.5 percent over the same period last year. TMS Hybrids TMS calendar-year-to-date hybrid sales totaled 185,051 units. TMS posted August sales of 19,529 hybrid vehicles. Toyota Division recorded sales of 18,146 hybrids for the month. Lexus Division reported August sales of 1,383 hybrids. There were 27 selling days this month and last August.[Toyota]