Toyota USA sales down 7 percent in 2011 amid supply problems image

Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), the Japanese carmaker’s U.S. branch, announced sales of 1,644,661 vehicles in 2011, down 7 percent from 2010.

The result was caused by the shortages due to the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Toyota Division recorded sales of 1,446,109 vehicles in 2011, down 6.1 percent from 2010. Lexus reported sales of 198,552 units in 2011, down 13.7 percent. Scion Division reported sales of 49,271 units for the year, up 7.5 percent over 2010

In December 2011, TMS reported sales of 178,131 units, flat compared to the same month last year. Toyota Division reported December sales of 152,776 units, up 1.9 percent over 2010, while Lexus division reported sales of 25,335 units, down 8 percent from the same month last year.

“We are encouraged by the strong close of 2011 as December was our best volume month of the year. We successfully launched several new vehicles, including the all-new Camry, which retained its number one position for the tenth straight year, along with the Prius v, which attracted new customers to the Toyota family,” said Jim Lentz, president and chief operating officer, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A.

Toyota Division passenger cars recorded 2011 sales of 796,133 units, down 6.5 percent, while Toyota Division light trucks reported sales of 649,976 units, a decrease of 5.5 percent.

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