Toyota Motor Corp. on Tuesday said July sales increased 3.6 percent compared with a year ago, as Lexus experienced its first increase of the year.
The Japanese automaker reported U.S. light-vehicle sales of 222,057 units last month: 193,148 Toyotas, 28,902 Lexus vehicles and seven models of the phased-out Scion brand. The Toyota and Lexus brands recorded 3.6 percent increases, with light-duty truck deliveries overcoming weakness in cars.
The Toyota brand's gains last month came on record sales of its RAV4 compact crossover, which jumped 31 percent to 41,804 vehicles, and sales of the Highlander large crossover, which increased 25 percent to set a new July record of more than 19,000 vehicles.
"We are thrilled to see RAV4 sales top 40,000 units in a single month -- it is not only a milestone for us, but has set a new best-ever, all-time record monthly total," said Jack Hollis, group vice president and general manager, Toyota Division, in a statement.
Excluding the niche Mirai fuel cell sedan increasing 58 percent to 82 vehicles, Toyota's car sales were down across the board in July. Most notably, sales of the Avalon large sedan and Prius hybrid were down 24 percent and 26 percent. Corolla sales slid 15 percent, while Camry sales declined less than 1 percent.
The C-HR, which went on sale in April, tallied more than 3,400 sales. Before its debut, Toyota did not have a subcompact crossover, an increasingly popular segment.
Through July, the company reported sales were down 2.5 percent to about 1.4 million vehicles.
ALG estimates Toyota's incentive spending last month increased 5.5 percent to an average of $2,550 per vehicle -- above the average increase but below the industry average of $3,565. The company's incentive spend as a percentage of average transaction price of 8.1 percent also was below the industry average of 10.8 percent.