DETROIT -- Toyota Motor Corp., the world's second-largest automaker, on Monday said it boosted sales in Europe by more than 10 percent in 2004 to a record 915,966 Toyota and Lexus vehicles and forecast another bumper year in 2005.
It marked the eighth consecutive year of record sales for the Japanese group in Europe and gave it some 5 percent of Europe's fiercely competitive market, which Toyota estimated to have grown by 2 percentage points last year.
Toyota delivered 24,913 premium Lexus cars -- a rise of 15 percent -- and 891,053 Toyota-brand vehicles in 2004.
"For 2005, Toyota has set the target of selling 980,000 Toyota and Lexus vehicles in Europe," the maker of the Prius hybrid and Land Cruiser off-roader said in a statement at the North American International Auto Show.
Britain was Toyota's biggest European market with 138,097 units sold, followed by Italy, Germany, France and Spain.