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  1. William Maley Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com December 21, 2012 This week in the Cheers & Gears Detroit garage, I have 2013 Scion FR-S coupe. Its the car that a lot of people have been talking about this year. A lightweight, rear-wheel drive coupe that costs under $30,000..? Where do I sign up? Drew has briefly driven the FR-S back at the IMPA Test Days earlier this year and my test FR-S is pretty much the same vehicle aside from the color; a base model equipped with the six-speed automatic transmission for an as-tested price of $26,099.00 (includes $730.00 destination charge). The good: The steering is amazing. Its precise, has a good amount of feel and weight, and is very direct. The engine has a nice sound and doesn’t mind being pushed. The handling is really good around corners as the light-weight and nimbleness makes a fun car throw around corners. The bad: I can’t seem to fit into the front seats due to my shoulders being a just shy too wide for the bolsters. Also, I really don’t like the radio in this car because a good amount of the buttons are too small and trying to accomplish simple things like trying to setup the bluetooth system is a pain the butt. I’ll will be giving some updates of the Christmas holiday about my time with the FR-S. In the meantime, if you have questions on this orange coupe, drop them in. William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached at william.maley@cheersandgears.com or you can follow him on twitter at @realmudmonster. View full article
  2. Toyota Motor Sales Outpaces Industry with 17.2 Percent November Sales Increase TORRANCE, Calif. (Dec. 3, 2012) – Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., today reported November 2012 sales results of 161,695 units, an increase of 17.2 percent compared to the same period last year on both a daily selling rate (DSR) and a raw volume basis. The Toyota Division posted November total sales of 138,976 units, an increase of 17.3 percent on a DSR basis from November 2011. “Replacement of vehicles damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Sandy is partially responsible for strong sales,” said Bill Fay, Toyota Division group vice president and general manager. “However, pent up demand, record low finance rates and exciting new products are also driving demand. Approximately 40 percent of the vehicles we sell this year will be all-new or significantly updated models.” The Lexus Division recorded November sales of 22,719 units, up 16.8 percent over November 2011 on both a daily selling rate (DSR) and a raw volume basis. “With nine new or redesigned models available for customers, Lexus posted its best November sales in five years,” said Tim Morrison, Lexus Division vice president of sales. “Our momentum is extremely strong, and we will close out 2012 with a December to Remember.” Toyota Division Toyota Division passenger cars recorded combined monthly sales of 76,993 units, up 16.5 percent over November 2011. Camry and Camry Hybrid led car sales with combined sales of 28,765 units. Corolla reported its best November ever with sales of 22,616 units, increasing 40.3 percent. The Prius Family increased 8.5 percent with November sales of 16,505 units. Toyota Division light trucks recorded November sales of 61,983 units, an increase of 18.3 percent compared to the same month last year. The Tacoma mid-size pickup truck and RAV4 compact SUV led truck sales with monthly sales of 12,272 and 12,423 units, respectively. Tundra full-size pickup reported sales of 8,309 units, up 31.6 percent over the previous November. Highlander, 4Runner and Sienna also all posted double-digit gains over last November. Scion benefited from the return of younger buyers to the marketplace along with new products, posting November sales of 5,606 units, up 57.8 percent over November 2011. Sales of the recently introduced FR-S remain strong at 1,350 units. Lexus Division Lexus reported passenger car sales of 12,460 units, up 18.2 percent over November 2011. The ES 350 entry luxury sedan and the first-ever ES Hybrid led Lexus passenger car sales with combined sales of 6,066 units, increasing 28.2 percent year-over-year. The GS midsize luxury sedan posted sales of 1,826 units, up 786.4 percent Lexus luxury utility vehicles recorded sales of 10,259 units, up 15 percent over November 2011. The RX and RX Hybrid luxury utility vehicle led sales with combined November sales of 8,871 units, up 17.0 percent over last year. TMS Hybrids TMS posted November hybrid vehicle sales of 24,682 an increase of 28.7 percent compared to the same period last year. Toyota Division posted November sales of 20,958 hybrids, while Lexus Division reported sales of 3,724 hybrids for the month.
  3. Toyota Motor Sales Reports Increase In October Sales TORRANCE, Calif., Nov. 1, 2012 – Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., today reported October 2012 sales results of 155,242 units, an increase of 15.8 percent compared to the same period last year on both a daily selling rate (DSR) and a raw volume basis. The Toyota Division posted October total sales of 135,392 units, an increase of 16.8 percent on a DSR basis from October 2011. The Lexus Division reported total sales of 19,850 units, up 9.7 percent. “Our main focus is on those dealing with the after effects of Hurricane Sandy and supporting the recovery efforts,” said Bob Carter, Toyota senior vice president of automotive operations. “Despite the impact of Sandy, October was a solid month for Toyota and the industry, and we look for the market to remain strong in the months ahead.” Toyota has announced a $1 million donation to the American Red Cross and other nonprofit organizations to support relief efforts and is taking steps to assist owners affected by the hurricane. Beginning today, Toyota Financial Services (TFS) and Lexus Financial Services will launch a “Customer Outreach” campaign to lease and retail customers who may need to take advantage of payment relief options, including extensions and lease deferred payments, redirecting billing statements, and arranging phone or on-line payments. In addition, the company will announce a 90-day Deferred First Payment Program designed to assist consumers in the most impacted states with their transportation needs as they work through the recovery process. Toyota Division Toyota Division passenger cars recorded combined monthly sales of 77,520 units, up 24.0 percent from October 2011. Car sales were led by Camry and Camry Hybrid with combined sales of 29,926 units. Corolla recorded October sales of 20,949. The Prius family of vehicles posted October sales of 16,774 units. Toyota Division light trucks recorded October sales of 57,872 units, an increase of 8.3 percent compared to the same month last year. Truck sales were led by the Tacoma mid-size pickup truck and RAV4 compact SUV with monthly sales of 12,191 and 10,936, respectively. Highlander and Highlander Hybrid reported combined monthly sales of 8,909 units, and the Tundra full-size pickup reported sales of 8,086 units. Scion posted October sales of 5,887 units, up 49 percent over October 2011 largely due to strong sales of the recently introduced FR-S sports car, which posted sales of 1,107 units. Lexus Division Lexus reported passenger car sales of 11,647 units, up 15.2 percent from October 2011. The ES 350 entry luxury sedan and the first-ever ES Hybrid led Lexus passenger car sales with combined sales of 5,971 units. The GS mid-size luxury sedan posted sales of 1,521, up 471.8 percent. Lexus luxury utility vehicles recorded sales of 8,203 units, up 2.8 percent over October 2011. Sales were led by the RX and RX Hybrid luxury utility vehicle, which posted combined October sales of 6,928 units. TMS Hybrids TMS posted October hybrid vehicle sales of 24,065, an increase of 69.7 percent compared to the same period last year. Toyota Division posted October sales of 20,273 hybrids, while Lexus Division reported sales of 3,792 hybrids for the month.
  4. Toyota Motor Sales Reports Increase In October Sales TORRANCE, Calif., Nov. 1, 2012 – Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., today reported October 2012 sales results of 155,242 units, an increase of 15.8 percent compared to the same period last year on both a daily selling rate (DSR) and a raw volume basis. The Toyota Division posted October total sales of 135,392 units, an increase of 16.8 percent on a DSR basis from October 2011. The Lexus Division reported total sales of 19,850 units, up 9.7 percent. “Our main focus is on those dealing with the after effects of Hurricane Sandy and supporting the recovery efforts,” said Bob Carter, Toyota senior vice president of automotive operations. “Despite the impact of Sandy, October was a solid month for Toyota and the industry, and we look for the market to remain strong in the months ahead.” Toyota has announced a $1 million donation to the American Red Cross and other nonprofit organizations to support relief efforts and is taking steps to assist owners affected by the hurricane. Beginning today, Toyota Financial Services (TFS) and Lexus Financial Services will launch a “Customer Outreach” campaign to lease and retail customers who may need to take advantage of payment relief options, including extensions and lease deferred payments, redirecting billing statements, and arranging phone or on-line payments. In addition, the company will announce a 90-day Deferred First Payment Program designed to assist consumers in the most impacted states with their transportation needs as they work through the recovery process. Toyota Division Toyota Division passenger cars recorded combined monthly sales of 77,520 units, up 24.0 percent from October 2011. Car sales were led by Camry and Camry Hybrid with combined sales of 29,926 units. Corolla recorded October sales of 20,949. The Prius family of vehicles posted October sales of 16,774 units. Toyota Division light trucks recorded October sales of 57,872 units, an increase of 8.3 percent compared to the same month last year. Truck sales were led by the Tacoma mid-size pickup truck and RAV4 compact SUV with monthly sales of 12,191 and 10,936, respectively. Highlander and Highlander Hybrid reported combined monthly sales of 8,909 units, and the Tundra full-size pickup reported sales of 8,086 units. Scion posted October sales of 5,887 units, up 49 percent over October 2011 largely due to strong sales of the recently introduced FR-S sports car, which posted sales of 1,107 units. Lexus Division Lexus reported passenger car sales of 11,647 units, up 15.2 percent from October 2011. The ES 350 entry luxury sedan and the first-ever ES Hybrid led Lexus passenger car sales with combined sales of 5,971 units. The GS mid-size luxury sedan posted sales of 1,521, up 471.8 percent. Lexus luxury utility vehicles recorded sales of 8,203 units, up 2.8 percent over October 2011. Sales were led by the RX and RX Hybrid luxury utility vehicle, which posted combined October sales of 6,928 units. TMS Hybrids TMS posted October hybrid vehicle sales of 24,065, an increase of 69.7 percent compared to the same period last year. Toyota Division posted October sales of 20,273 hybrids, while Lexus Division reported sales of 3,792 hybrids for the month. View full article
  5. Suddenly it’s 1986. There is a lightweight and nimble sports car from a Japanese manufacturer on the market that completely eschews what the American three are doing in the sports car segment. Only, it’s not 1986; vehicle weights have pushed upwards and outwards for past 30 years to the point where Chevrolet is now marketing its top of the line Camaro with a curb weight that makes a 1986 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight look positively anorexic. Sure, Chevy compensates for the chub by equipping the Camaro ZL1 with a tire shredding 580 horsepower V8 and an advanced magnetic suspension that does all the right things keep the Camaro on the tarmac, but eventually it starts to feel like you are piloting the world’s best handling 747. It is raucous and fun, but requires concentration and skill to keep things from going wrong. A full paragraph into a Scion FR-S quick drive and I’ve only talked about Chevys and Oldsmobiles. Back in the 1986, Toyota introduced a new Supra. It was not a muscle car in the tradition of the V8 powered pony cars from Detroit, but it had speed and agility from being blessed with a curb weight of about 3,000lbs and a 200 horsepower I-6. It was also intended to be a technological showcase for Toyota. As such, the price tag was relatively high. The FR-S is a return to this idea of light weight over raw muscle making the FR-S very refreshing to drive. The FR-S’ single biggest advantage is its low weight platform. At about 2800 pounds with an automatic transmission, the FR-S is a feather-weight in this class. The light weight also allows Toyota to equip the car with a 200 horsepower / 151 lb-ft flat-four engine jointly developed with Subaru to give the FR-S sporty performance without the raw muscle. The flat-four also lowers the center of gravity on the car to further improve cornering.During my drive of the FR-S, I found a light-weight, nimble, and carefree sports car with just enough kick to keep things fun. Low end torque is superb with more than a few instances of chirping the tires unintentionally at take off. Those of you hunting for raw V8 muscle will probably be disappointed, but the FR-S makes up for it with its willingness to be thrown around a corner and an engine note that will please almost any gearhead. Power is routed through a 6-speed manual or automatic to the rear wheels like its Supra predecessor. Steering is quick and precise with only a minor quibble with on-center feel; in either direction just off center, the FR-S doesn’t seem to want to pull back to center nicely. This leaves you making frequent minor adjustments on longer straight roads. Though quite sporty and nimble, the FR-S doesn’t punish you with a harsh ride. Toyota pressed the reset button on the interior as well. The interior FR-S is at once modern and retro. My first thought when sitting in the car was the thought that this is what would happen if Toyota tried to re-create the spirit of the ’86 Supra without duplicating the look. This is not a bad thing; it is actually refreshing in an age of highly complicated interiors.Getting in is surprisingly easy for such a low car and I found a comfortable seating position right away. Toyota even equips the FR-S with an old school double-DIN head unit so the owner can swap in something more to his or her own liking if they wish. The head unit does include Bluetooth for hands-free calling, but that’s about the extent of the technology there. The version I drove was an automatic, but the look and gate of the shifter could fool your friends and neighbors into thinking you bought row-your-own. The rear seat is essentially unusable for adults unless the driver is very cramped or very short. Forward visibility is excellent, but I found visibility while backing up to be a bit more limited. Checking in with a base price of $24,955 and without high end technology or interior room, the Scion is not a Supra replacement no matter how hard the buff mags wish it. But that price makes the Scion an interesting alternative to the Camaro ($24,245 with steel wheels) and Mustang ($22,995). The Scion FR-S was one of my favorite drives during my time in Monticello, NY. It is just the car to hop in and go for a carefree ride on rolling country back roads with the windows down on a nice fall day. I hope to spend more time in one soon. The full gallery of pictures from the IMPA Test days is located here and will continue to be built as quick drive reviews are added: Year: 2013 Make: Scion Model: FR-S Engine: 2.0 Liter horizontally opposed 4-cylinder with Direct and Port Injection Drive line: Rear wheel drive, 6-speed automatic transmission Horsepower @ RPM: 200 @ 7000 RPM Torque @ RPM: 151 @ 6400 RPM Fuel Economy: City/Highway: 25/34 Location of Manufacture: Japan Base Price: $24,955 Est. As Tested Price: $25,300 Drew Dowdell is Managing Editor of CheersandGears.com and can be reached at Drew.Dowdell@CheersandGears.com or on twitter as @cheersngears View full article
  6. Suddenly it’s 1986. There is a lightweight and nimble sports car from a Japanese manufacturer on the market that completely eschews what the American three are doing in the sports car segment. Only, it’s not 1986; vehicle weights have pushed upwards and outwards for past 30 years to the point where Chevrolet is now marketing its top of the line Camaro with a curb weight that makes a 1986 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight look positively anorexic. Sure, Chevy compensates for the chub by equipping the Camaro ZL1 with a tire shredding 580 horsepower V8 and an advanced magnetic suspension that does all the right things keep the Camaro on the tarmac, but eventually it starts to feel like you are piloting the world’s best handling 747. It is raucous and fun, but requires concentration and skill to keep things from going wrong. A full paragraph into a Scion FR-S quick drive and I’ve only talked about Chevys and Oldsmobiles. Back in the 1986, Toyota introduced a new Supra. It was not a muscle car in the tradition of the V8 powered pony cars from Detroit, but it had speed and agility from being blessed with a curb weight of about 3,000lbs and a 200 horsepower I-6. It was also intended to be a technological showcase for Toyota. As such, the price tag was relatively high. The FR-S is a return to this idea of light weight over raw muscle making the FR-S very refreshing to drive. The FR-S’ single biggest advantage is its low weight platform. At about 2800 pounds with an automatic transmission, the FR-S is a feather-weight in this class. The light weight also allows Toyota to equip the car with a 200 horsepower / 151 lb-ft flat-four engine jointly developed with Subaru to give the FR-S sporty performance without the raw muscle. The flat-four also lowers the center of gravity on the car to further improve cornering.During my drive of the FR-S, I found a light-weight, nimble, and carefree sports car with just enough kick to keep things fun. Low end torque is superb with more than a few instances of chirping the tires unintentionally at take off. Those of you hunting for raw V8 muscle will probably be disappointed, but the FR-S makes up for it with its willingness to be thrown around a corner and an engine note that will please almost any gearhead. Power is routed through a 6-speed manual or automatic to the rear wheels like its Supra predecessor. Steering is quick and precise with only a minor quibble with on-center feel; in either direction just off center, the FR-S doesn’t seem to want to pull back to center nicely. This leaves you making frequent minor adjustments on longer straight roads. Though quite sporty and nimble, the FR-S doesn’t punish you with a harsh ride. Toyota pressed the reset button on the interior as well. The interior FR-S is at once modern and retro. My first thought when sitting in the car was the thought that this is what would happen if Toyota tried to re-create the spirit of the ’86 Supra without duplicating the look. This is not a bad thing; it is actually refreshing in an age of highly complicated interiors.Getting in is surprisingly easy for such a low car and I found a comfortable seating position right away. Toyota even equips the FR-S with an old school double-DIN head unit so the owner can swap in something more to his or her own liking if they wish. The head unit does include Bluetooth for hands-free calling, but that’s about the extent of the technology there. The version I drove was an automatic, but the look and gate of the shifter could fool your friends and neighbors into thinking you bought row-your-own. The rear seat is essentially unusable for adults unless the driver is very cramped or very short. Forward visibility is excellent, but I found visibility while backing up to be a bit more limited. Checking in with a base price of $24,955 and without high end technology or interior room, the Scion is not a Supra replacement no matter how hard the buff mags wish it. But that price makes the Scion an interesting alternative to the Camaro ($24,245 with steel wheels) and Mustang ($22,995). The Scion FR-S was one of my favorite drives during my time in Monticello, NY. It is just the car to hop in and go for a carefree ride on rolling country back roads with the windows down on a nice fall day. I hope to spend more time in one soon. The full gallery of pictures from the IMPA Test days is located here and will continue to be built as quick drive reviews are added: Year: 2013 Make: Scion Model: FR-S Engine: 2.0 Liter horizontally opposed 4-cylinder with Direct and Port Injection Drive line: Rear wheel drive, 6-speed automatic transmission Horsepower @ RPM: 200 @ 7000 RPM Torque @ RPM: 151 @ 6400 RPM Fuel Economy: City/Highway: 25/34 Location of Manufacture: Japan Base Price: $24,955 Est. As Tested Price: $25,300 Drew Dowdell is Managing Editor of CheersandGears.com and can be reached at Drew.Dowdell@CheersandGears.com or on twitter as @cheersngears
  7. Toyota Motor Sales Reports 40 Percent Increase in August Sales August 2012 Sales Chart TORRANCE, Calif. (Sept. 4, 2012) – Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., today reported August 2012 sales results of 188,520 units, an increase of 40.2 percent compared to the same period last year on a daily selling rate (DSR) basis. On a raw volume basis, unadjusted for 27 selling days in August 2012 compared to 26 selling days in August 2011, TMS sales were up 45.6 percent from the year-ago month. The Toyota Division posted total August sales of 164,283 units, an increase of 42.0 percent on a DSR basis from August 2011. On a raw volume basis, Toyota Division sales were up 47.5 percent from the year-ago month. “The auto industry continued to outperform the general economy in August,” said Bill Fay, Toyota group vice president and general manager. “The driving force behind our growth continues to be strong consumer response to the new models we’ve launched over the past twelve months and the added value those vehicles represent.” The Lexus Division reported total sales of 24,237 units in August 2012, up 28.9 percent from August 2011 on a DSR basis. Volume-wise, Lexus Division sales were up 33.9 percent compared to the same period last year. “Virtually every Lexus model enjoyed a significant sales increase in August,” said Tim Morrison, Lexus vice president of sales and dealer development. “With a strong Labor Day weekend, and our newly launched products leading the way, the momentum continues into September.” Toyota Division Toyota Division passenger cars recorded combined monthly sales of 93,083 units, up 47.2 percent from August 2011. Passenger car sales were led by Camry and Camry Hybrid with combined sales of 36,720 units, and Corolla reported August sales of 24,311 units. The Prius family of vehicles posted August sales of 21,111 units. Toyota Division light trucks recorded August sales of 71,200 units, an increase of 47.9 percent compared to the same month last year. Light truck sales were again led by the RAV4 compact SUV and Tacoma mid-size pickup truck, with monthly sales of 15,685 and 12,193, respectively. Highlander and Highlander Hybrid reported combined sales of 11,441 units, and the Tundra full-size pickup reported sales of 11,347 units. Scion posted August sales of 7,722 units, up 111.6 percent on a volume basis over August 2011. The tC sports coupe led the way with sales of 2,378 units, up 113.5 percent, while the newly launched FR-S sports car reported sales of 1,913 units. The XD five-door urban subcompact posted sales of 1,004 units, and the xB urban utility vehicle posted August sales of 1,879 units. The all-new iQ premium micro-subcompact posted monthly sales of 548 units. Lexus Division Lexus reported passenger car sales of 14,024 units, up 35.7 percent from August 2011. The ES 350 entry luxury sedan and the first-ever ES Hybrid led Lexus passenger car sales with combined sales of 7,557 units, while the IS luxury sports sedan reported sales of 2,369 units. The CT 200h premium hybrid compact posted sales of 1,472 units. Lexus luxury utility vehicles recorded sales of 10,213 units, up 31.4 percent over August 2011. Lexus light truck sales were led by the RX and RX Hybrid luxury utility vehicle, which posted combined August sales of 8,628 units. The GX 460 mid-size luxury utility vehicle reported sales of 1,071 units, while the LX luxury utility vehicle recorded sales of 514 units. TMS Hybrids TMS posted August sales of 28,960 hybrid vehicles, an increase of 110.1 percent compared to the same period last year. Toyota Division posted August sales of 25,400 hybrids, while Lexus Division reported sales of 3,560 hybrids for the month.
  8. Toyota Motor Sales Reports 40 Percent Increase in August Sales August 2012 Sales Chart TORRANCE, Calif. (Sept. 4, 2012) – Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., today reported August 2012 sales results of 188,520 units, an increase of 40.2 percent compared to the same period last year on a daily selling rate (DSR) basis. On a raw volume basis, unadjusted for 27 selling days in August 2012 compared to 26 selling days in August 2011, TMS sales were up 45.6 percent from the year-ago month. The Toyota Division posted total August sales of 164,283 units, an increase of 42.0 percent on a DSR basis from August 2011. On a raw volume basis, Toyota Division sales were up 47.5 percent from the year-ago month. “The auto industry continued to outperform the general economy in August,” said Bill Fay, Toyota group vice president and general manager. “The driving force behind our growth continues to be strong consumer response to the new models we’ve launched over the past twelve months and the added value those vehicles represent.” The Lexus Division reported total sales of 24,237 units in August 2012, up 28.9 percent from August 2011 on a DSR basis. Volume-wise, Lexus Division sales were up 33.9 percent compared to the same period last year. “Virtually every Lexus model enjoyed a significant sales increase in August,” said Tim Morrison, Lexus vice president of sales and dealer development. “With a strong Labor Day weekend, and our newly launched products leading the way, the momentum continues into September.” Toyota Division Toyota Division passenger cars recorded combined monthly sales of 93,083 units, up 47.2 percent from August 2011. Passenger car sales were led by Camry and Camry Hybrid with combined sales of 36,720 units, and Corolla reported August sales of 24,311 units. The Prius family of vehicles posted August sales of 21,111 units. Toyota Division light trucks recorded August sales of 71,200 units, an increase of 47.9 percent compared to the same month last year. Light truck sales were again led by the RAV4 compact SUV and Tacoma mid-size pickup truck, with monthly sales of 15,685 and 12,193, respectively. Highlander and Highlander Hybrid reported combined sales of 11,441 units, and the Tundra full-size pickup reported sales of 11,347 units. Scion posted August sales of 7,722 units, up 111.6 percent on a volume basis over August 2011. The tC sports coupe led the way with sales of 2,378 units, up 113.5 percent, while the newly launched FR-S sports car reported sales of 1,913 units. The XD five-door urban subcompact posted sales of 1,004 units, and the xB urban utility vehicle posted August sales of 1,879 units. The all-new iQ premium micro-subcompact posted monthly sales of 548 units. Lexus Division Lexus reported passenger car sales of 14,024 units, up 35.7 percent from August 2011. The ES 350 entry luxury sedan and the first-ever ES Hybrid led Lexus passenger car sales with combined sales of 7,557 units, while the IS luxury sports sedan reported sales of 2,369 units. The CT 200h premium hybrid compact posted sales of 1,472 units. Lexus luxury utility vehicles recorded sales of 10,213 units, up 31.4 percent over August 2011. Lexus light truck sales were led by the RX and RX Hybrid luxury utility vehicle, which posted combined August sales of 8,628 units. The GX 460 mid-size luxury utility vehicle reported sales of 1,071 units, while the LX luxury utility vehicle recorded sales of 514 units. TMS Hybrids TMS posted August sales of 28,960 hybrid vehicles, an increase of 110.1 percent compared to the same period last year. Toyota Division posted August sales of 25,400 hybrids, while Lexus Division reported sales of 3,560 hybrids for the month. View full article
  9. Toyota Motor Sales Reports Rise in July 2012 Sales TORRANCE, Calif. (Aug. 1, 2012) – Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., today reported July 2012 sales results of 164,898 units, an increase of 36.6 percent compared to the same period last year on a daily selling rate (DSR) basis. On a raw volume basis, unadjusted for 24 selling days in July 2012 compared to 26 selling days in July 2011, TMS sales were up 26.1 percent from the year-ago month. The Toyota Division posted July total sales of 146,663 units, an increase of 36.7 percent on a DSR basis from July 2011. On a raw volume basis, Toyota Division sales were up 26.1 percent from the year-ago month. “Consumers are responding to Camry’s strong value and affordability proposition, taking advantage of long-term, low interest rate financing and low lease rates,” said Bill Fay, Toyota Division group vice president and general manager. "Leasing has gone mainstream. For instance the Camry, the best-selling car in America, is benefitting from strong residuals -- which allow for leases of less than $200 a month." The Lexus Division reported total sales of 18,235 units in July 2012, up 35.9 percent from July 2011 on a DSR basis. Volume-wise, Lexus Division sales were up 25.4 percent compared to the same period last year. “Our new and redesigned models continue to drive our sales growth,” said Lexus Group vice president and general manager, Mark Templin. “With good availability of the new 2013 RX, and with the all-new ES and ES Hybrid arriving at dealers nationwide, customers will find a great selection in August during our Golden Opportunity Sales event." Toyota Division Toyota Division passenger cars recorded combined monthly sales of 80,061 units, up 33.2 percent from July 2011. Passenger car sales were led by Camry and Camry Hybrid with combined sales of 29,913 units, and Corolla reported combined July sales of 23,640 units. The Prius family of vehicles posted July sales of 16,643 units. Toyota Division light trucks recorded July sales of 66,602 units, an increase of 18.6 percent compared to the same month last year. Light truck sales were led by the RAV4 compact SUV and Tacoma mid-size pickup truck, with monthly sales of 15,248 and 11,350, respectively. Highlander and Highlander Hybrid reported combined sales of 10,669 units, and the Tundra full-size pickup reported sales of 9,176 units. Scion posted July sales of 6,904 units, up 97.3 percent on a volume basis over July 2011. The tC sports coupe led the way with sales of 2,013, up 26.6 percent, while the newly launched FR-S sports car reported sales of 1,649 units. The XD five-door urban subcompact posted sales of 977 units, and the xB urban utility vehicle posted July sales of 1,708 units. The all-new iQ premium micro-subcompact posted monthly sales of 557 units. Lexus Division Lexus reported passenger car sales of 9,759 units, up 22.4 percent from July 2011. The ES 350 entry luxury sedan led Lexus passenger car sales with sales of 3,759 units, while the IS luxury sports sedan reported sales of 2,296 units. The CT 200h premium hybrid compact posted sales of 1,499 units. Lexus luxury utility vehicles recorded sales of 8,476 units, up 29.1 percent over July 2011. Lexus light truck sales were led by the RX and RX Hybrid luxury utility vehicle, which posted combined July sales of 7,357 units. The GX 460 mid-size luxury utility vehicle reported sales of 813 units, while the LX luxury utility vehicle recorded sales of 306 units. TMS Hybrids TMS posted July sales of 23,044 hybrid vehicles, an increase of 126 percent compared to the same period last year. Toyota Division posted July sales of 20,309 hybrids, while Lexus Division reported sales of 2,735 hybrids for the month. View full article
  10. Toyota Motor Sales Reports Rise in July 2012 Sales TORRANCE, Calif. (Aug. 1, 2012) – Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., today reported July 2012 sales results of 164,898 units, an increase of 36.6 percent compared to the same period last year on a daily selling rate (DSR) basis. On a raw volume basis, unadjusted for 24 selling days in July 2012 compared to 26 selling days in July 2011, TMS sales were up 26.1 percent from the year-ago month. The Toyota Division posted July total sales of 146,663 units, an increase of 36.7 percent on a DSR basis from July 2011. On a raw volume basis, Toyota Division sales were up 26.1 percent from the year-ago month. “Consumers are responding to Camry’s strong value and affordability proposition, taking advantage of long-term, low interest rate financing and low lease rates,” said Bill Fay, Toyota Division group vice president and general manager. "Leasing has gone mainstream. For instance the Camry, the best-selling car in America, is benefitting from strong residuals -- which allow for leases of less than $200 a month." The Lexus Division reported total sales of 18,235 units in July 2012, up 35.9 percent from July 2011 on a DSR basis. Volume-wise, Lexus Division sales were up 25.4 percent compared to the same period last year. “Our new and redesigned models continue to drive our sales growth,” said Lexus Group vice president and general manager, Mark Templin. “With good availability of the new 2013 RX, and with the all-new ES and ES Hybrid arriving at dealers nationwide, customers will find a great selection in August during our Golden Opportunity Sales event." Toyota Division Toyota Division passenger cars recorded combined monthly sales of 80,061 units, up 33.2 percent from July 2011. Passenger car sales were led by Camry and Camry Hybrid with combined sales of 29,913 units, and Corolla reported combined July sales of 23,640 units. The Prius family of vehicles posted July sales of 16,643 units. Toyota Division light trucks recorded July sales of 66,602 units, an increase of 18.6 percent compared to the same month last year. Light truck sales were led by the RAV4 compact SUV and Tacoma mid-size pickup truck, with monthly sales of 15,248 and 11,350, respectively. Highlander and Highlander Hybrid reported combined sales of 10,669 units, and the Tundra full-size pickup reported sales of 9,176 units. Scion posted July sales of 6,904 units, up 97.3 percent on a volume basis over July 2011. The tC sports coupe led the way with sales of 2,013, up 26.6 percent, while the newly launched FR-S sports car reported sales of 1,649 units. The XD five-door urban subcompact posted sales of 977 units, and the xB urban utility vehicle posted July sales of 1,708 units. The all-new iQ premium micro-subcompact posted monthly sales of 557 units. Lexus Division Lexus reported passenger car sales of 9,759 units, up 22.4 percent from July 2011. The ES 350 entry luxury sedan led Lexus passenger car sales with sales of 3,759 units, while the IS luxury sports sedan reported sales of 2,296 units. The CT 200h premium hybrid compact posted sales of 1,499 units. Lexus luxury utility vehicles recorded sales of 8,476 units, up 29.1 percent over July 2011. Lexus light truck sales were led by the RX and RX Hybrid luxury utility vehicle, which posted combined July sales of 7,357 units. The GX 460 mid-size luxury utility vehicle reported sales of 813 units, while the LX luxury utility vehicle recorded sales of 306 units. TMS Hybrids TMS posted July sales of 23,044 hybrid vehicles, an increase of 126 percent compared to the same period last year. Toyota Division posted July sales of 20,309 hybrids, while Lexus Division reported sales of 2,735 hybrids for the month.

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