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Christopher Bruce2013-07-12 14:53:37

Toyota Sales Down 5.5% for First Half of the Year in Europe

Hybrid model sales up 67.5%

 
 
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The Auris and Yaris are Toyota's bestselling cars in Europe

ToyotaToyotaToyotaJapan, 1937 > present155 models
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and LexusLexusLexusJapan, 1989 > present26 models
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sold a combined 413,043 cars from January to June in Europe, down 5.5% from the same period in 2012. However, models like the Yaris HybridYaris HybridToyota Yaris HybridJapan, 2012 > present3 photos
and AurisToyota Auris Gen.3Toyota Toyota Auris Gen.3Japan, 2012 > present79 versions
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experienced major gains in sales.

While sales overall were down, some models still performed well. Toyota and Lexus’ hybrid models had their sales increase by 67.5% to 75,407 cars in the first six months of the year. The Yaris Hybrid alone sold 5,798 cars in June.

“Our sales performance during the second quarter of 2013 is very much in line with our plans. We kept our market share at a steady 4.5% during the first six months of the year even as automotive sales in Europe continue to lose steam,” said Daniele Schillaci, Toyota Europe head of sales.

The YarisYaris 3Toyota Yaris 3Japan, 2011 > present124 versions
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was especially popular in France. The entire market has had an 11.3% downturn in the first half of the year, but Yaris sales were up 5.1% there. The Auris was up 67% in France.

Lexus is in the middle of introducing new models, and sales in the first half of the year were down 19.6% to 19,609 cars.

“We are currently in the launch phase of our all-new, completely redesigned Lexus ISLexus IS Gen.3Lexus Lexus IS Gen.3Japan, 2013 > present19 versions
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range – expanded with the all-new IS 300h, featuring our highly efficient Lexus Hybrid Drive powertrain. The model is already receiving stellar reviews, and customer contracts are ahead of our plans,” said Paul Van der Burgh, Director for Lexus Europe.

The bestselling Lexus model was the RXRX Gen.3Lexus RX Gen.3Japan, 2009 > present30 versions
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, which sold 6,607 cars, down 6% from the previous year. The CT200hCT 200hLexus CT 200hJapan, 2010 > present6 photos
was the second bestselling model with 5,451 cars for the first half of the year, down 76% from the same period last year.

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