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LEXUS FIRST QUARTER SALES DOUBLE YEAR-AGO LEVELS

 LEXUS FIRST QUARTER SALES DOUBLE YEAR-AGO LEVELS
 TORRANCE, Calif., April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Lexus sales of 8,488


were up 90.4 percent in March from year-ago levels and first quarter 1992 sales more than doubled 1991 results, according to figures released today by the luxury division of Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. Inc.
 The March increase was sparked by ES 300 sales of 3,408, up 111 percent for the month and its best month ever. Sales of 3,023 LS 400s were up 6.3 percent and sport coupe sales totaled 2,057. The SC 400 sport coupe was introduced in June 1991 so there are no comparable year-ago figures. It was the second-best sales month ever for Lexus.
 For the first quarter, total Lexus sales of 24,012 were up 102 percent from last year. ES 300 sales of 8,961 were up 93 percent and LS 400 sales of 8,531 climbed 17.7 percent. Sport coupe sales in the first three months of '92 totaled 6,520.
 "Doubling your sales over a three-month period is significant no matter how bad things were last year," said Dave Illingworth, Lexus group vice president and general manager. "The luxury market, which was the hardest hit last year by the combination of war, recession and luxury tax, seems to be leading the industry's gradual comeback this year."
 LEXUS SALES TOTALS
 Month-to-Month Totals
 Model March '92 March '91 Pct. Change
 LS 400 3,023 2,843 +6.3 pct.
 ES 300/250 3,408 1,616 +111 pct.
 SC 400/300 2,057 N/A N/A
 Total 8,488 4,459 +90.4 pct.
 Year-to-Date Totals
 Model 1992 1991 Pct. Change
 LS 400 8,531 7,242 +17.7 pct.
 ES 300/250 8,961 4,644 +93 pct.
 SC 400/300 6,520 N/A N/A
 Total 24,012 11,886 +102 pct.
 -0- 4/3/92
 /CONTACT: Art Garner of Lexus, 310-781-3282/ CO: Lexus ST: California IN: AUT SU:


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