Toyota Canada Inc. achieves 8th consecutive record sales month



    
    Fuel efficient models across the Toyota/Lexus lineup prove timely with
    Canadians

    TORONTO, Sept. 3 /CNW/ - Canadian drivers demonstrate that quality-built,
safe, versatile, and fuel-efficient Toyota and Lexus vehicles continue to be
important choices for them. Toyota Canada Inc. sold 23,204 Toyota and Lexus
cars and trucks this August, up 29.3 per cent from the same month last year to
set new sales records for both brands. Despite one less selling day than in
August 2007, new August records were also achieved for the following models:

    -   Toyota Yaris Sedan and Yaris Hatch, with combined sales of 4,797 up
        64.6%

    -   Sales of the Canadian-built Toyota Corolla jumped 70.7% to 6,770

    -   Toyota Tacoma 4x4 pick-ups edged up 5.8% to 750

    -   Toyota Tundra 4x4 pick-ups rose 12.6% to 930

    -   Toyota RAV4 compact SUV sales of 1,844 grew 34.1%

    -   Lexus ES 350 sales rose 9.6% to 321

    -   Canadian-built Lexus RX 350 sales jumped 59.1% to 482

    In addition to these fuel efficient choices, customers acquired 930 Toyota
and Lexus hybrid vehicles this August to set a new record for the month. The
following hybrids set new August sales records:

    -   Toyota Prius sales jumped 141.1% to 270

    -   Toyota Highlander Hybrid sales were up at 100

    -   Lexus RX 400h sales jumped 125% to 108
    

    "Toyota recognizes that high gas prices continue to pinch family budgets
but people's transportation needs haven't changed, and this month's sales
results indicate that we're able to provide Canadians with some
much-sought-after relief," said Warren Orton, Director at TCI. "With
additional fuel efficient models on the way, which offer more powerful,
efficient and well-equipped four-cylinder engine options, such as the
newly-introduced 2009 RAV4, we'll continue to focus on offering Canadian
drivers the right vehicle at the right time."
    "Lexus has always set a higher standard as a luxury automaker by putting
the needs of the customer first, and Canadians seeking a balanced approach to
luxury and environmental responsibility have turned to Lexus yet again in
August to help them achieve that," said Tony Wearing, Managing Director, Lexus
in Canada. "Whether it's the world's only collection of luxury hybrids, the
Canadian-built RX 350 or any other model in our showroom, Canadians know they
can count on Lexus for fuel efficiency and excellent emissions performance
without sacrificing performance, quality or luxury."





For further information:

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


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