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Toyota Reports October Sales - Lexus Division Posts Best-Ever October

TORRANCE, Calif., Nov. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A.,
Inc., today reported October vehicle sales of 123,920, down 5.7 percent from
last year's record-setting October. Calendar-year-to-date (CYTD) sales total
1,359,200, an increase of 126,209 units, or 9.8 percent compared to the same
period last year.
"The economy's smooth transition from express train to commuter train will
continue to keep consumer confidence positive and industry sales strong," said
Jim Press, TMS executive vice president. "Even though the growth rate may
moderate, industry sales will be strong and sustainable well into next year."
The Lexus Division posted best-ever October sales with 17,543 units, an
increase of 9.6 percent over the same period last year. The record sales were
fueled by the launch of the all-new LS 430 luxury sedan with sales of 2,732,
an increase of 105.0 percent. The IS 300 sport sedan continued its strong
sales pace with 2,074 units sold.
Toyota Division passenger car sales were led by the ECHO subcompact sedan
with best-ever October sales of 3,425, up 23.8 percent. The all-new Prius
gas/electric hybrid sedan recorded impressive sales of 829 units.
Toyota Division light truck sales were led by the all-new RAV4 compact
sport utility vehicle which posted its all-time best-ever sales month with
7,637 units sold, an increase of 76.3 percent. The popular Tundra full-size
pickup recorded its best-ever October with 7,837 sales, up 18.9 percent over
the same period last year.
Sales of North American-built vehicles made up 61.1 percent of total
October sales.


SOURCE Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.

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Lexus Springs Forward Into Fall: Sales Mark a New 'Best Ever' October

TORRANCE, Calif., Nov. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- While clocks fell back in
October, Lexus sales took a big spring forward thanks to the popular IS 300
and the launch of the flagship LS 430. Vehicle sales of 17,543 mark a new
"Best Ever" October surpassing the previous record of 16,010 set in 1999 by
9.6 percent.
October results bring Lexus's year-to-date total sales to 166,992 units,
8.2 percent ahead of last year's record pace.
"What an exciting time to be at Lexus," said Lexus Group Vice President
and General Manager Denny Clements. "The IS 300 sport sedan is sizzling and
on Oct. 12 we launched the third generation of our flagship luxury sedan, the
LS 430. We are well on our way to selling 200,000 in 2000."
Lexus had its best LS month since May 1995 with 2,732 units sold, 2,663 of
which were the new LS 430 premium luxury sedan. IS 300 monthly sales hit
2,074 for a year-to-date total of 11,443. The popular RX 300 sport utility
vehicle continued to be the division's volume leader with October sales of
5,967 and year-to-date sales of 73,319 units, 24.4 percent ahead of last year.
ES 300 near-luxury sedan sales were 3,183, while the GS 300 and
GS 400/430 high-performance luxury sedans posted sales of 1,744 and 689
respectively. The LX 470 premium sport utility vehicle sales were 1,143.
Lexus is the luxury division of Toyota Motor Sales, (TMS), Inc. U.S.A.

SOURCE Lexus
 
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