With 42, diagnosis 567 units sold in March, sick Toyota Camry is on its way to breaking the 400,000 unit mark for the first time since 2008.
In March there were 42,567 Toyota Camry models sold, bringing the first-quarter total to 105,405 units. But about 20% of those deliveries went to daily rental operators who put off orders during the recession.
The best selling year for Toyota Camry was 2007 with 473,108 units, but fell below the 400,000 mark due to the recession and Japan’s 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
Last year U. S. deliveries dropped 6% to 308,510 units, still enough to keep the car atop the sales chart.
Still there is no guarantee that Camry will manage to hit 400,000 units sales even if the vehicle was redesigned last year. A redesigned Chevrolet Malibu is now in showrooms, a redesigned Altima goes on sale in late June and a redesigned Honda Accord and Ford Fusion will be introduced in the fall. The redesigned Hyundai Sonata, Kia Optima and Volkswagen Passat also are gaining ground in the segment.
Although there is a lot of competition, Toyota seems confident that the Camry can maintain its sales rate.