Toyota U.S. sales drop sharply in May

Posted on Tuesday, 7 June 2011 , 10:06:13 byLucia

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Toyota U.S. sales drop sharply in May

At the end of last week, the Japanese carmaker made public its figures, although it took longer than its competitors. Probably they had every reason as the decrease is of 27.9 percent as compared to the same period last year, selling 108,387 units last month. The bulk of the sales comprises the light truck division which sold 44,844 units, the Scion which accounted for 4,696 vehicles sold and the Lexus which shifted 5,681 units. The decreases are sharp and the main reason, according to Toyota, is the quake from March, which somehow causes uncertainty among buyers. But the carmaker remains optimistic as the production in Japan is announced to return to 90 percent of capacity and eight of twelve North American-built vehicles would be at 100 percent. Bob Carter, Toyota Division group vice president and general manager officially stated that May proved to be a challenging month due mainly to uncertainties related to their production forecast, but the team members and suppliers made great efforts to ramp up much faster than expected. The sales outlook will continue to improve thanks to more vehicles arriving at their dealerships together with enhanced dealer support programs gaining traction with customers.


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