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RECORD MONTH PUSHES LEXUS '92 SALES UP 30 PERCENT

 DETROIT, Jan. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Lexus recorded its best sales month ever in December, pushing 1992 sales up 30 percent compared to 1991, according to information released today by the luxury division of Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.
 Total sales for '92 of 92,890 were led by the ES 300, with sales of 39,652, up 75.8 percent. The LS 400 topped all other import prestige luxury sedans with sales of 32,561 and Lexus sport coupe sales totaled 20,677, up 75 percent.
 "It's an excellent end to a very good year," said Dave Illingworth, group vice president and general manager. "Especially when you consider the overall and luxury markets will be flat at best."
 December sales of 9,854 set a new one-month record for Lexus, topping the previous mark set in December '91. Sales of 4,655 ES 300s set an all-time monthly mark. The LS 400 recorded its best month of '92, with sales of 3,405. LS 400 sales also were up 9.2 percent in the fourth quarter, following the introduction of the improved 1993 model.
 LEXUS SALES TOTALS
 Month-To-Month Totals
 MODEL Dec. '92 Dec. '91 DSR PERCENT CHANGE
 LS 400 3,405 2,937 + 11.5
 ES 300 4,655 3,371 + 32.8
 SC 400/300 1,794 2,386 - 27.7
 TOTAL 9,854 8,694 + 9.0
 1992 Year-To-Date Totals
 MODEL 1992 1991 DSR PERCENT CHANGE
 LS 400 32,561 36,955 - 12.2
 ES 300/250 39,652 22,476 + 75.8
 SC 400/300 20,677 11,775 + 75.0
 TOTAL 92,890 71,206 + 30.1
 -0- 1/6/93
 /CONTACT: Art Garner of Lexus Public Relations, 313-259-2004/


CO: Lexus Division; Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. ST: Michigan IN: AUT SU:

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