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I know Autospies isn't the best source of info... but I found this article saying Toyota's sales are up alot in comparison to last year. It looks like the sales increases are due largely to the new GS, Prius, tC and Avalon.

You can find the article here: Autospies On Toyota Sales Figures

Autospies said:
Toyota knocks it out of the park!
10/3/2005


The Toyota Division posted best-ever September sales of 156,381, up 10.4 percent.

The Lexus Division reported best-ever September sales with 22,036 units sold,
an increase of 9.2 percent.

Toyota Division passenger cars recorded best-ever September sales of 96,780,
up 22.9 percent over the same period last year. The Avalon full-size sedan recorded
September sales of 8,707, up 270.8 percent. The Prius gas-electric hybrid mid-size
sedan enjoyed best-ever September sales of 8,193, an increase of 90.1 percent.
Corolla sales rose 12.2 percent with 29,446 units sold, while Camry sales were
at 36,842 units, up 6.4 percent.

Toyota Division light truck sales totaled 59,601 units for the month. Light
truck sales were led by the Tacoma pickup truck with sales of 14,632, up 21.5
percent over the same period last year. Sienna van sales rose 7.5 percent for
a best-ever September, with 12,579 units sold, while RAV4 compact SUV sales
were at 5,743, up 1.5 percent. The Highlander Hybrid gas-electric mid-size SUV,
which launched in early June, reported sales of 2,715 units in September. The
Highlander and Highlander Hybrid posted combined September sales of 9,684 units.

Scion reported best-ever September sales with 13,495 units sold. The tC sports
coupe, which debuted last summer, led the way with best-ever September sales
of 6,236 units, an increase of 47.0 percent over last September. The xA recorded
best-ever September sales of


2,800 units for the month, up 28.3 percent, while xB sales rose 12.8 percent
with a total of 4,459 units for a best-ever September.

Lexus passenger cars posted best-ever September sales with 10,771 units, an
increase of 15.7 percent. Sales momentum remained strong with September sales
of the GS 300, which posted sales of 2,357 units and an increase of 351.5 percent,
while the GS 430 posted sales of 382 units, an increase of 360.2 percent. The
ES 330 luxury sedan enjoyed sales of 5,060 units, an increase of 2.7 percent
over the same period last year.

Lexus Division light truck best-ever September sales totaled 11,265 units for
the month, an increase of 3.6 percent over last year. The 2006 RX 400h, launched
in April as the world's first luxury hybrid vehicle, reported sales of 2,113
units for the month. The RX 330 and RX 400h posted combined September sales
of 8,212 units, an increase of 9.1 percent.

Sales of North American-built vehicles accounted for 63.2 percent of total September
sales. There were 25 selling days this sales month, the same as last September.



TOYOTA RETAIL SALES
(INCLUDES FLEET & HAWAII)
September, 2005

----- CURRENT MONTH ----- -- CALENDAR YEAR TO DATE --
DSR % DSR %
2005 2004 CHG 2005 2004 CHG

ECHO 22 191 -88.5 1,518 3,176 -52.0
COROLLA 29,446 26,246 12.2 265,426 254,189 4.9
CELICA 64 479 -86.6 3,072 7,256 -57.5
CAMRY 36,842 34,628 6.4 336,349 325,324 3.8
AVALON 8,707 2,348 270.8 70,120 28,678 145.6
MR2 SPYDER 11 161 -93.2 772 2,295 -66.2
PRIUS 8,193 4,309 90.1 81,042 35,715 127.9
SCION xA 2,800 2,183 28.3 21,024 18,028 17.1
SCION xB 4,459 3,952 12.8 41,382 35,188 18.1
SCION tC 6,236 4,241 47.0 56,467 15,656 262.2
TOTAL TOYOTA DIV.
PASS. CAR 96,780 78,738 22.9 877,172 725,505 21.4
ES 330 5,060 4,926 2.7 51,663 55,504 -6.5
LS 430 1,897 2,448 -22.5 20,416 23,478 -12.7
SC 430 607 699 -13.2 6,144 7,306 -15.5
GS 300 2,357 522 351.5 20,332 5,246 289.3
GS 430 382 83 360.2 4,430 1,029 332.4
IS 300 468 631 -25.8 4,261 8,163 -47.6
TOTAL LEXUS
PASS. CAR 10,771 9,309 15.7 107,246 100,726 6.9
TOTAL TOYOTA
PASS. CAR 107,551 88,047 22.2 984,418 826,231 19.7
SIENNA 12,579 11,697 7.5 123,415 123,417 0.4
RAV4 5,743 5,658 1.5 56,466 54,459 4.1
4RUNNER 7,080 9,348 -24.3 77,212 86,099 -9.9
HIGHLANDER 9,684 10,150 -4.6 107,361 100,286 7.5
LAND CRUISER 296 614 -51.8 3,721 4,740 -21.2
SEQUOIA 2,334 4,388 -46.8 33,990 41,779 -18.3
TOTAL SUV 25,137 30,158 -16.6 278,750 287,363 -2.6
4X2 TACOMA 8,741 6,950 25.8 75,019 72,882 3.4
4X4 TACOMA 5,891 5,090 15.7 50,095 46,357 8.5
TOTAL TACOMA 14,632 12,040 21.5 125,114 119,239 5.4
TUNDRA 7,253 8,973 -19.2 91,086 82,627 10.7
TOTAL PICKUP 21,885 21,013 4.1 216,200 201,866 7.6
TOTAL TOYOTA DIV.
LT TRUCK 59,601 62,868 -5.2 618,365 612,646 1.4
LX 470 764 768 -0.5 6,219 6,428 -2.8
GX 470 2,289 2,585 -11.5 24,335 24,459 -0.1
RX 330/400h 8,212 7,525 9.1 80,929 77,266 5.2
TOTAL LEXUS
LIGHT TRUCK 11,265 10,878 3.6 111,483 108,153 3.5
TOTAL TOYOTA
LIGHT TRUCK 70,866 73,746 -3.9 729,848 720,799 1.7
TOTAL TOYOTA DIV.156,381 141,606 10.41,495,5371,338,151 12.2
TOTAL LEXUS 22,036 20,187 9.2 218,729 208,879 5.2
TOTAL TOYOTA 178,417 161,793 10.31,714,2661,547,030 11.3
MEMO:
DOM. COROLLA 28,338 23,406 21.1 257,162 239,393 7.9
DOM. CAMRY 33,661 33,977 -0.9 315,505 306,736 3.3
DOM. PICKUP 21,885 21,013 4.1 216,200 201,866 7.6
DOM. RX 330 5,210 4,678 11.4 50,633 43,454 17.0

SELLING DAYS 25 25 229 230

TOYOTA DIV.
IMPORT CAR 26,074 19,007 37.2 234,385 150,698 56.2
LEXUS IMPORT CAR 10,771 9,309 15.7 107,246 100,726 6.9
TOYOTA DIV
NA BUILT CARS 70,706 59,731 18.4 642,787 574,807 12.3
TOTAL
TOYOTA CARS 107,551 88,047 22.2 984,418 826,231 19.7

TOYOTA DIV. IMPORT
LT TRUCK 22,803 25,770 -11.5 244,760 245,584 0.1
LEXUS IMPORT
LT TRUCK 6,055 6,200 -2.3 60,850 64,699 -5.5
TOYOTA DIV NA BUILT
LT TRUCK 36,798 37,098 -0.8 373,605 367,062 2.2
LEXUS NA BUILT
LT TRUCK 5,210 4,678 11.4 50,633 43,454 17.0
TOTAL TOYOTA
LT TRUCK 70,866 73,746 -3.9 729,848 720,799 1.7

SPORT UTILITY
VEHICLES 36,402 41,036 -11.3 390,233 395,516 -0.9
Memo: Lexus Sport
Utility 11,265 10,878 3.6 111,483 108,153 3.5

SMALL VANS 12,579 11,697 7.5 123,415 123,417 0.4
PICKUPS 21,885 21,013 4.1 216,200 201,866 7.6

* NORTH AMERICAN BUILT VEHICLES
COROLLA 28,338 23,406 21.1 257,162 239,393 7.9
CAMRY 33,661 33,977 -0.9 315,505 306,736 3.3
AVALON 8,707 2,348 270.8 70,120 28,678 145.6
SIENNA 12,579 11,697 7.5 123,415 123,417 0.4
PICKUP 21,885 21,013 4.1 216,200 201,866 7.6
SEQUOIA 2,334 4,388 -46.8 33,990 41,779 -18.3
RX 330 5,210 4,678 11.4 50,633 43,454 17.0
TOTAL 112,714 101,507 11.01,067,025 985,323 8.8
N.A. VEHICLES
% OF TOTAL 63.2% 62.7% 62.2% 63.7%

SELLING DAYS 25 25 229 230
DSR = DAILY SELLING RATE
 

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whats more interesting is the newly launched Lexus brand in Japan has oversold the expected volume by 4 times ! :jawDrop:

Who knew??? Toyota expected a gradual shift of customers to the Lexus brand, especially since most of the Lexus were sold as Toyotas until the 05 MY ... but they underestimated the market and are now SWAMPED with orders!

I bet the Big 3 wish they had these kinda production woes ;) ....
 

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I'm just curious... why would people be motivated to buy the same car with a different badge for more much money? The new GS for example is better than the old one... but it's still an updated Aristo.
 

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Crester said:
I'm just curious... why would people be motivated to buy the same car with a different badge for more much money? The new GS for example is better than the old one... but it's still an updated Aristo.

because it's japan...

they have some crazy consumer habits. worse than us.
 

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Crester said:
I'm just curious... why would people be motivated to buy the same car with a different badge for more much money? The new GS for example is better than the old one... but it's still an updated Aristo.
Because it is a Lexus (an American brand with Japanese reliability). Havent you heard? the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence (pond in this case).
 

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It has to do with differetiation in class / economics / perception / and prestige. Traditionally, the Japanese did not want to stand out from their fellow countrymen as that is the culture. But there have been up spikes in sales of "luxury" branded cars from Germany. Hense, this prompted Toyota to rethink their strategy of selling all cars under the Toyota name.

That's the smaller picture, if you view this from a global perspective, almost in all countries, whether the economy is doing well or not, there is still a very small drop in the purchase of luxury goods (jewelry, designer clothing, liquor, etc.). This is perpetuated by marketing, media, and cultural shifts in perception.

Just my $.02
 

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So are you saying that the "American Mentality" is infecting Japan? Instead of being humble... now people want to show they are above "the rest of the people"?

(see they my SUV is bigger than yours scenario)
 
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