Market leader Toyota has recorded its best May sales in five years, delivering almost 20,000 new vehicles to its Australian customers last month.
Toyota’s tally of 19,876 new-vehicle sales represented the company’s most successful May since 2012 and a gain of 15.6 per cent over the same month last year.
Toyota outsold the combined total of its two nearest rivals and its share of the Australian new-vehicle market exceeded 19 per cent – both for the second month in a row.
Coincidentally, HiLux and LandCruiser Prado sales were also at the highest May level since 2012 while demand for Camry was stronger than for any May in the past 11 years.
Toyota dealers have now delivered 84,480 new vehicles in 2017 – an increase of more than 4,200 vehicle or 5.3 per cent over the same period last year.
Reigning sales champion HiLux extended its lead in the 2017 title race, topping the May sales charts with more than 4,150 sales. Its year-to-date total has passed 17,900 vehicles, a gain of 8.2 per cent.
Corolla also strengthened its position as Australia’s best-selling passenger car with May sales that increased its sales advantage to more than 1,000 cars.
In addition to HiLux, Camry, Corolla and Prado, Toyota also had segment sales leaders in LandCruiser wagon, HiAce van and HiAce bus.
Toyota’s executive director sales and marketing Tony Cramb said the company’s rising sales and market share reflected the dedication of its employees, the excellence of its vehicles and the commitment of its dealer network.
“Australia is one of the most competitive markets in the world, yet Toyota customers remain incredibly loyal with a passion that has enabled us to achieve a share of at least 19 per cent in five of the past 11 months,” Mr Cramb said.
This story was originally published in Fleet Auto News. Read the original story here.
Image: HiLux 4X4 SR5 double cab