Toyota Canada enjoys best sales month ever



    Toyota Canada Inc. sets new record in May in both Toyota and Lexus
    divisions

    TORONTO, June 1 /CNW/ - Toyota Canada Inc. (TCI) today announced that May
represented its best ever month for sales. TCI set a new sales record at
24,724 vehicles. An increase of 5.1 per cent over the previous May record set
last year, TCI's May record powered the company's Year-to-Date (YTD) total
sales to 85,168 - up 4.9 per cent year over year.
    Canadians purchased 23,091 Toyota vehicles this month, up 4.1 per cent
from last May.

    
    -  Toyota sold 17,168 passenger cars in May, down slightly from 17,404
       cars sold in May 2006.
    -  Toyota truck sales of 5,923 were up 24 per cent compared to May 2006.

    Lexus in Canada enjoyed its best month ever in May, as Canadian drivers
purchased 1,633 Lexus cars and SUVs - up 21.1 per cent from a year ago to mark
the 22nd consecutive monthly sales record for the luxury badge.

    -  Lexus sold 1,076 luxury passenger cars in May 2007 - up 12.3 per cent
       from the same month the previous year.
    -  Lexus sold 557 luxury SUVs in May - up 42.5 per cent from May 2006.
    

    "Canadians continue to shop for fuel-efficient, low-emission cars, like
Prius and Yaris, and they're turning to Toyota for these - whether they're
looking for a conventionally-powered vehicle, or the latest in hybrid
technology," said Tony Wearing, Managing Director of TCI. "What's more, those
in the market for a capable pick-up truck continue to favour our full-size
Tundra and mid-sized Tacoma, pushing some models to record sales."
    "Canadians seeking perfection in both a luxury vehicle and overall
customer experience continue to join the Lexus family, and we're happy to
report our best ever sales month in May," observed Stuart Payne, Director of
Lexus in Canada. "Our sporty, performance-oriented Lexus IS series enjoyed its
best month of sales ever, while our guests seeking the best a luxuriously
appointed vehicle has to offer are embracing our all-new LS 460 and LS 460L
sedans. Meantime, our low-emissions, high-performance hybrid vehicles - the GS
450h and RX 400h - continue to account for significant percentages of all GS
and RX units sold."

    
    May sales highlights:
    -  Year to date sales of 22,680 Toyota Trucks and SUVs are up
       15.2 per cent versus the same period in 2006.
    -  Sales of very fuel-efficient Toyota vehicles were up 19.2 per cent
       over April 2007. This includes Yaris Hatchback, Yaris with a Trunk,
       Prius, Camry Hybrid, Matrix, Corolla, RAV4 and Highlander Hybrid. The
       Yaris with a Trunk, Prius, Matrix and RAV4 all enjoyed their best
       months ever.
    -  The full-size Toyota Tundra enjoyed its best month ever in May with
       1,252 4x2s and 4x4s sold, up 424 per cent versus May 2006. YTD sales
       of 3,866 are up 221 per cent over the previous year.
    -  Canadians purchased 909 Tacoma 4x4s, up 12.1 per cent over the same
       time last year to set a new monthly sales record.
    -  Toyota Canada sold 492 FJ Cruisers in May, pushing YTD totals to 2,324
       - up 47.9 per cent over the first five months of 2006.
    -  YTD sales of both Lexus luxury cars and SUVs reached 5,759 - up
       25.7 per cent over the first five months of 2006.
    -  YTD sales of 3,707 Lexus luxury passenger cars are up 42.7 per cent
       over the same period last year.
    -  The Lexus IS series enjoyed its best sales month ever, with 350 units
       sold. May sales were up 22.4 per cent over the same month the previous
       year.
    -  Lexus ES 350 sales of 526 in May brought YTD totals to 1,888, up
       79.8 per cent over the January-May 2006 period.
    -  Sales of the GS 450h performance hybrid luxury sedan and the RX400h
       luxury hybrid accounted for more than 22 per cent of all GS and RX
       series vehicles sold in May.
    -  Lexus sold 81 LS 460 and LS 460L prestige luxury sedans in May, up
       636 per cent over LS sales in May 2006. LS YTD sales of 283 are up
       529 per cent over the first five months of 2006.
    





For further information:

For further information: Kathryn Ruhland, Manager, Public Relations,
Toyota Canada Inc., (416) 431-8333, media@toyota.ca


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