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Toyota SUVs and Trucks Still on the Rise as Camry Regains Best-Selling Title

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2018 Toyota Camry SE

November was a rare forgettable sales month for Toyota, which reported sales of 164,499 units for its Toyota division (excluding Lexus), down 2.4% on November of last year on both a volume and daily selling rate (DSR) basis.

There were plenty of positive takeaways, though. Though sedans and small cars mostly continued to slump, the Yaris iA was up 51.4% on sales of 2,549 units. So far it seems the nameplate found new life after being absorbed into Toyota from Scion.

The Camry, aided by the somewhat recent launch of a sleek all-new 2018 model, posted sales of 34,991 units, up 24.1% over last year even as SUVs and trucks steal the show around the country. That set a new November record for the sedan and helped it reclaim its spot as the best-selling vehicle in the Toyota lineup, which had been previously taken away by the RAV4.

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Speaking of the RAV4, it was up 2.2% compared to November 2016 to post its best-ever November. Alongside it in the SUV division, the 4Runner also set a new November record with sales of 10,000 units, up 17%. The Highlander sold more than 19,000 units and the Tacoma and Tundra were both up compared to last year, 4.3% and 1.3%, respectively.

“Through November, the auto industry remains on track to have its third consecutive year of new vehicle sales topping 17 million, in-line with our expectations,” said Jack Hollis, group vice president and general manager, Toyota division. “While light trucks continue to shine for Toyota division, scoring another monthly best-ever led by an 11th consecutive best-ever monthly total for RAV4, we were even more thrilled to see our amazing dealers help Camry sedan rise to have its best-ever November.”

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