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Toyota Motor Sales reported its best March sales results since 2008, with 203, 282 units, up 11.2% from last year.

In the first quarter the company reported 487,284 units sold, up 9.4% from 2011. The Toyota Division posted March total sales of 183,142 units, an increase of 13.5% on a DSR basis over March 2011, up 17.7% year-over-year. The Lexus Division reported total sales of 20,140 units, down 6.1% versus last March on a DSR basis. On a raw volume basis, Lexus Division sales were down 2.6 percent year-over-year.

“Toyota dealers had their best-selling month outside of Cash for Clunkers since the pre-recession days of August 2008. Camry and Prius also continue to shine as both set records, including Camry’s best March ever and an all-time high for Prius sales,” said Jeff Bracken, vice president of Toyota Division sales. “With strong first quarter results and key economic indicators remaining upbeat, we see this momentum carrying into the months ahead.”

Toyota passenger cars totaled 113,135 units, up 19.5%, Camry and Camry Hybrid increased 30.5% year-over-year, with 42,567. The Prius family sold 28,711 units, up 48.8%, Avalon sold 3,327 units, up 20.8% and Corolla sold 28,289 units. Toyota Division light trucks recorded March sales of 70,007 units, an increase of 5.1% compared to March 2011.