LOS ANGELES -- Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. kept pace with the industry's gains in June with a 10 percent sales increase to 195,235 units.
Toyota brand sales rose 12 percent to 167,540 and Lexus sales increased 7 percent to 21,355, but Scion brand sales fell 25 percent to 6,340.
"Our core models continue to lead their particular segments, and our new models are off to really excellent starts," said Bill Fay, Toyota Division general manager.
Toyota Division remained the best-selling retail brand for the fourth straight month.
Leading the way was the Camry sedan, again the best-selling passenger car in the United States, with its best June since 2008 at 35,870 units. Through the first half of the year, Camry is roughly 20,000 units ahead of the Honda Accord in the best-seller race, with the Nissan Altima in third.
The redesigned Avalon full-sized sedan tripled its sales from a year ago when the previous version was in showrooms.
One down area for Toyota was in small cars. Besides the Scion brand's slump, which came despite a full year of FR-S coupe sales to compare against, Yaris sales plummeted 63 percent.
But sales of the Prius family of vehicles increased 10 percent. Toyota expects to finish the year with about 250,000 Prius family sales, Fay said.
On the truck side, the RAV4 had its best-ever June, up 36 percent, marking its fifth consecutive record month since its redesign.
The Tundra and Tacoma pickups showed double-digit percentage increases. Through the first six months, Toyota pickups are up about 18 percent, slightly above the industry pickup average. Production of the redesigned 2014 Tundra begins in August.
Fay said that overall industry incentives dropped slightly near the end of June, but believes the Fourth of July weekend will be the beginning of a period of fluctuating incentive spending that will last through the rest of the model year. Toyota currently is offering 0 percent financing for 60 months on 11 vehicles in its lineup in Southern California.
Incentives "will continue to fluctuate over the next several months as there are selling opportunities and key weekends and sales events. We will participate in that," Fay said.
Toyota sold 19,578 units to fleets, about 10 percent of the automaker's total sales. About 15 percent of Camry sales went to fleet buyers, Fay said.
Sales of certified used vehicles rose 13 percent, marking Toyota's sixth consecutive record month.
Lexus ups and downs
At Lexus, sales of the redesigned ES surged 50 percent and those of the redesigned LS climbed 45 percent.
But sales of the GS sedan, which also was renewed last year, fell 15 percent. The IS sedan, in transition to a redesigned 2014 model, fell 25 percent.
On the light-truck side, the volume-leading RX crossover was flat, thus falling behind the growth in the luxury crossover segment.