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January 2017: Toyota Motor North America

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Toyota Motor North America Reports January 2017 Sales

  • Toyota division posts best-ever January in RAV4, Highlander
  • TCUV posted 17th consecutive month of best-ever monthly sales
  • L/Certified by Lexus achieves best-ever January sales

Plano, Texas (February 1, 2017) – Toyota Motor North America (TMNA), Inc., today reported its U.S. January 2017 sales of 143,048 vehicles, a decrease of 11.3 percent from January 2016 on a volume basis. With the same number of selling days in January 2017 compared to January 2016, sales were down 11.3 percent on a daily selling rate (DSR) basis. 
 
Toyota division posted January sales of 127,476 units, down 9.2 percent on a volume basis and DSR basis.
 
“Coming off a record December and year in 2016, the industry in January took a bit of a pause with volume down slightly vs. a year ago,” said Bill Fay, group vice president and general manager of the Toyota division.  “Much improved Light Truck availability helped RAV4 and Highlander begin the year with record January sales.”
 
Lexus posted January sales of 15,572 vehicles, down 25.6 percent on a volume basis and DSR basis.
 
“January proved to be a challenging month driven by limited LUV availability and the strength of our December results,” said Jeff Bracken, group vice president and general manager of the Lexus division. “Our outstanding December of nearly 41,000 resulted in a low days’ supply for our core models, especially in metro markets. We are continuing to replenish dealer inventories and expect healthy levels in February. Our dealers did achieve a best-ever January in L/Certified sales with more than 7,900 sales.”
 
January 2017 Highlights  

  • Camry posts January sales of 20,313 units
  • Toyota division SUV up 8 percent in January
  • Highlander posts best-ever January, up 12.4 percent
  • RAV4 posts best-ever January with sales of 22,155 units, up 2.8 percent
  • 4Runner sales were up 16 percent
  • TCUV had a best-ever January and 17 consecutive months of  best-ever monthly sales
  • RX posts sales of 5,520
  • L/Certified by Lexus posts best-ever January sales of 7,901, up 9.2 percent from January 2016

 *Note:  Unless otherwise stated, all figures reflect unadjusted raw sales volume

TOYOTA  U.S. SALES SUMMARY

JANUARY 2017

 

-- CURRENT MONTH --

-- CALENDAR YEAR TO DATE --     

                 
 

2017

2016

DSR %

VOL %

2017

2016

DSR %

VOL %

TOTAL TOYOTA

143,048

161,283

-11.3

-11.3

143,048

161,283

-11.3

-11.3

TOTAL TOYOTA DIV

127,476

140,350

-9.2

-9.2

127,476

140,350

-9.2

-9.2

TOTAL LEXUS

15,572

20,933

-25.6

-25.6

15,572

20,933

-25.6

-25.6

                 

YARIS IA (INCL SCI IA)

1,951

1,840

6

6

1,951

1,840

6

6

YARIS LIFTBACK

1330

548

142.7

142.7

1,330

548

142.7

142.7

TOTAL YARIS

3,281

2,388

37.4

37.4

3,281

2,388

37.4

37.4

iQ

0

2

-100

-100

0

2

-100

-100

xD

0

3

-100

-100

0

3

-100

-100

xB

0

782

-100

-100

0

782

-100

-100

tC

72

715

-89.9

-89.9

72

715

-89.9

-89.9

COROLLA IM (INCL SCI IM)

1,460

1,250

16.8

16.8

1,460

1,250

16.8

16.8

COROLLA SEDAN

20,107

22,362

-10.1

-10.1

20,107

22,362

-10.1

-10.1

TOTAL COROLLA

21,567

23,612

-8.7

-8.7

21,567

23,612

-8.7

-8.7

86 (INCL FR-S)

474

507

-6.5

-6.5

474

507

-6.5

-6.5

MIRAI

83

26

219.2

219.2

83

26

219.2

219.2

AVALON

2,503

3,597

-30.4

-30.4

2,503

3,597

-30.4

-30.4

PRIUS

7,829

9,311

-15.9

-15.9

7,829

9,311

-15.9

-15.9

CAMRY

20,313

26,848

-24.3

-24.3

20,313

26,848

-24.3

-24.3

TOTAL TOYOTA DIV. CAR

56,122

67,791

-17.2

-17.2

56,122

67,791

-17.2

-17.2

                 

CT

393

622

-36.8

-36.8

393

622

-36.8

-36.8

IS

1,423

2,178

-34.7

-34.7

1,423

2,178

-34.7

-34.7

RC

447

755

-40.8

-40.8

447

755

-40.8

-40.8

ES

2,171

3,400

-36.1

-36.1

2,171

3,400

-36.1

-36.1

GS

422

1,298

-67.5

-67.5

422

1,298

-67.5

-67.5

LS

280

397

-29.5

-29.5

280

397

-29.5

-29.5

LFA

0

1

-100

-100

0

1

-100

-100

TOTAL LEXUS CAR

5,136

8,651

-40.6

-40.6

5,136

8,651

-40.6

-40.6

TOTAL TOYOTA CAR

61,258

76,442

-19.9

-19.9

61,258

76,442

-19.9

-19.9

                 

SIENNA

7,285

10,992

-33.7

-33.7

7,285

10,992

-33.7

-33.7

RAV4

22,155

21,554

2.8

2.8

22,155

21,554

2.8

2.8

FJ CRUISER

0

1

-100

-100

0

1

-100

-100

VENZA

4

184

-97.8

-97.8

4

184

-97.8

-97.8

HIGHLANDER

12,656

11,258

12.4

12.4

12,656

11,258

12.4

12.4

4RUNNER

8,699

7,496

16

16

8,699

7,496

16

16

SEQUOIA

1146

852

34.5

34.5

1,146

852

34.5

34.5

LAND CRUISER

272

273

-0.4

-0.4

272

273

-0.4

-0.4

TOTAL TOYOTA DIV. SUV

44,932

41,618

8

8

44,932

41,618

8

8

                 

TACOMA

12,509

12,717

-1.6

-1.6

12,509

12,717

-1.6

-1.6

TUNDRA

6,628

7,232

-8.4

-8.4

6,628

7,232

-8.4

-8.4

TOTAL TOYOTA DIV. PICKUP

19,137

19,949

-4.1

-4.1

19,137

19,949

-4.1

-4.1

TOTAL TOYOTA DIV. TRUCK

71,354

72,559

-1.7

-1.7

71,354

72,559

-1.7

-1.7

                 

NX

2,964

3,133

-5.4

-5.4

2,964

3,133

-5.4

-5.4

RX

5,520

6,956

-20.6

-20.6

5,520

6,956

-20.6

-20.6

GX

1,418

1,608

-11.8

-11.8

1,418

1,608

-11.8

-11.8

LX

534

585

-8.7

-8.7

534

585

-8.7

-8.7

TOTAL LEXUS TRUCK

10,436

12,282

-15

-15

10,436

12,282

-15

-15

TOTAL TOYOTA TRUCK

81,790

84,841

-3.6

-3.6

81,790

84,841

-3.6

-3.6

Selling Days

24

24

   

24

24

   

DSR = Daily Selling Rate

             

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      Both models come fully-equipped to take on whatever Mother Nature decides to dish out. This includes a two-speed transfer case, locking center differential, crawl-control system, terrain selection system, and an adjustable suspension system. Sadly, I didn’t get the chance to take either model off the paved road to see what they are capable of.
      Fuel Economy
      EPA rates the 2018 Land Cruiser and LX 570 at 13 City/18 Highway/15 Combined. My average in both vehicles landed around 14.9 mpg in a 50/50 mix of city and highway driving.
      Ride and Handling
      These SUVs prefer the roads to be straight as there is significant body motion when cornering. Blame the tall ride height and soft-suspension tuning. Steering feels very numb and slow, making it somewhat tough to figure out how much input is needed when turning. When the road is straight, both vehicles provide a smooth ride. I did find that on the highway, I needed to make constant corrections with the steering to keep it in the middle of the lane.
      One major difference between the two is braking. The LX 570’s braking system felt very discombobulated. It was very difficult to modulate the pedal to provide a smooth stop. Either the vehicle wasn’t slowing down or the braking system would enter panic stop mode and passengers being thrown from their seats. I thought this was an issue that was limited to my LX, but other people who have driven different LXs have reported similar behavior. The Land Cruiser didn’t experience any of this during my week.
      Value
      The 2018 Toyota Land Cruiser begins at $83,665, while the LX 570 begins at $85,630 for the two-row variant and $89,980 for the three-row model. Both models come generously equipped with a number of standard features such as adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, heated and ventilated front seats; power tilt-telescoping steering wheel, and three-zone climate control. The vehicles tested here came lightly optioned. The Land Cruiser featured a set of optional floor mats, bringing the as-tested price to $85,185. For the LX 570, it came with a rear-seat DVD entertainment system and center console cool box to bring its as-tested price to $93,350.
      The best value of the two models has to be the two-row LX 570 as you get a nicer interior and more cargo space, for not much more money than the three-row Land Cruiser. But if you really want three-rows, then the Land Cruiser is your best bet.
      Verdict
      Unless your daily commute includes traversing the Rocky Mountains or driving through Death Valley, I cannot recommend either of these SUVs. They have a number of flaws such as middling fuel economy, small cargo area, and needing constant steering corrections on the highway. But the LX 570 comes off slightly worse as it has some issues with the powertrain and brakes need to be addressed quickly. Besides, the Land Cruiser offers many of the features of LX 570, albeit in a more utilitarian package for a couple of grand less.
      But for some people, the off-road capability and legendary reliability of these two models are more than enough to excuse the faults. That group of people though we have to think is getting smaller as time goes on and makes us wonder if the next-generation of the Land Cruiser and LX 570 will go through a dramatic change or not.
      Disclaimer: Toyota Provided the Vehicles, Insurance, and One Tank of Gas
      Year: 2018
      Make: Lexus
      Model: LX 570
      Trim: N/A
      Engine: 5.7L 32-Valve, DOHC, Dual VVT-i V8
      Driveline: Eight-Speed Automatic, Four-Wheel Drive
      Horsepower @ RPM: 383 @ 5,600
      Torque @ RPM: 403 @ 3,600
      Fuel Economy: City/Highway/Combined - 13/18/15
      Curb Weight: 5,815 lbs
      Location of Manufacture: Toyota, Aichi Prefecture, Japan
      Base Price: $89,980
      As Tested Price: $93,350 (Includes $1,195.00 Destination Charge)
      Options:
      Dual-Screen DVD Rear-Entertainment System - $2,005.00
      Cool Box - $170.00
      Year: 2018
      Make: Toyota
      Model: Land Cruiser
      Trim: N/A
      Engine: 5.7L 32-Valve, DOHC, Dual VVT-i V8
      Driveline: Eight-Speed Automatic, Four-Wheel Drive
      Horsepower @ RPM: 381@ 5,600
      Torque @ RPM: 401 @ 3,600
      Fuel Economy: City/Highway/Combined - 13/18/15
      Curb Weight: 5,815 lbs
      Location of Manufacture: Toyota, Aichi Prefecture, Japan
      Base Price: $83,685
      As Tested Price: $85,185 (Includes $1,295.00 Destination Charge)
      Options:
      Carpet Floor/Cargo Mat Set - $225.00

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