Booming light-truck sales in the U.S. pushed the Toyota brand up over 12 percent to 218,403 vehicle sales in August, a record for the month, while Lexus sales rose 4.6 percent to 29,931 vehicles. For Toyota, the Highlander had its best-ever sales month, while the RAV4, Tacoma, 4Runner, C-HR and Corolla all set sales records for August.
The Toyota brand's car volume, which has been down this year, rose 8.4 percent in August, while its light-truck sales were up 15 percent.
Brands: Toyota up 12%; Lexus up 4.6%
Notable nameplates: Toyota Highlander up 22%; RAV4 up 17%; Tacoma up 15%; 4Runner up 3.1%; C-HR up 29%; Corolla up 15%; Lexus RX up 7.6%; ES up 20%; IS down 39%
Incentives: $2,641 per vehicle, up 2% from a year earlier, ALG says.
Average transaction price: $32,322, up 0.9% from a year earlier, according to ALG.
Did you know? The Toyota division's new sales record for August was still 17,451 vehicles behind its best-ever month in the U.S., in May 2007, when it sold 235,854 new vehicles.