Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. posted a 5 percent decline in August sales to 213,125 vehicles, as strong deliveries of crossovers and SUVs were outweighed by declines in car and pickup sales, the company said Thursday.
Toyota division sales, including Scion, fell 4.6 percent to 182,187 as car sales dropped 12 percent and pickup sales fell 4 percent. Toyota-badged vehicle sales fell 5.6 percent to 176,560, while sales of the Scion brand, which soon will be merged into the Toyota brand, rose 44 percent to 5,627.
Sales at Lexus, Toyota’s luxury brand, fell 7.6 percent to 30,938. Lexus car sales plummeted 24 percent to 12,934, more than offsetting a 9.1 percent gain in light-truck sales.
August was the fourth consecutive month that Toyota Motor Sales reported drops in year-over-year sales. Toyota deliveries declined 1.4 percent in July.
‘A step back’
“Coming off the strongest SAAR of the year at 17.9 million units in July, the industry took a bit of a step back in August,” said Bill Fay, Toyota division general manager. He said Toyota division light-truck sales are “on track for another record year.”
With the exception of the new, low-volume Mirai fuel cell vehicle, sales of each Toyota-brand car declined in August. Camry midsize sedan sales fell 13 percent to 32,864, while Corolla compact car sales dropped 3.1 percent to 30,741. Prius hybrid sales slumped 27 percent to 12,984.
Toyota’s pickup sales dropped 4 percent to 25,248, driven mostly by a 5.3 percent decline in Tacoma deliveries.
The brand’s crossover and SUV sales gained 10 percent thanks in large part to an 8.6 percent jump by RAV4, the brand’s volume leader, to 33,171. Highlander sales rose 12 percent to 14,966, while 4Runner deliveries gained 16 percent. Sienna minivan sales dropped 8.6 percent.
Sales of each Lexus car nameplate fell at least 14 percent in August. Sales of the ES, the brand’s top-selling car, slid 20 percent to 5,840, while IS deliveries fell 22 percent.
Despite its car troubles, Lexus posted strong light-truck sales in August. While sales of the RX, the brand’s volume leader, edged up 0.8 percent to 9,701, NX deliveries rose 22 percent to 5,407, and GX sales climbed 12 percent to 2,493.
“Lexus luxury utility vehicle sales reached new heights in August, with a record NX sales month helping lead our brand to its best-ever year-to-date sales performance for our LUV lineup,” said Jeff Bracken, Lexus general manager, in a statement. “With improving supply on our LUVs for the remainder of the year, we are looking for a strong close to 2016.”