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Toyota Sales Up 4% in May 2019

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2019 Toyota Camry LE
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Toyota Motor North America reported May 2019 sales of 222,174 vehicles, representing a 3.2 percent decrease on both a volume and daily selling rate basis compared to May 2018.

However, the dip seems to have been caused by underperforming Lexus-branded cars, as the Toyota division reported sales of 197,637 units — a 4.1 percent increase over last year. This is somewhat strange as Lexus had been performing well so far into 2019 and is still up 1.3 percent year-to-date, while Toyota is down 3.6 percent YTD even after this strong May.

Once again the RAV4 SUV was the star of the automaker’s extensive lineup, with sales up to an all-time record of 43,499. This was 13.9 percent better than last year and gave the best-selling SUV in America an even bigger lead over its competitors. It helped Toyota’s truck division reach 122,324 vehicle sales — a 5.9 percent increase that marked its best-ever May.

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Other notable performers included the Tacoma, up 6.8 percent to achieve its 19th consecutive month of increased sales; the Corolla Hatchback, up 10 percent to set an all-time best-ever sales month; and the Mirai, up 143 percent to mark its best-ever May.

Surprisingly, Toyota car sales were up 1.2 percent as well, in contrast to past months during which cars had taken a backseat to the booming crossovers, SUVs, and pickup truck segments. Though the Corolla was down 13 percent overall, the Avalon was up nearly 22 percent and the Camry up nearly 21 percent, the latter with an impressive 36,208 vehicle sales.

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