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TOYOTA SALES RISE 10.9 PERCENT IN MONTH OF AUGUST

 TORRANCE, Calif., Sept. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Toyota Motor Sales (TMS) U.S.A. Inc. today reported that its total vehicle sales for the month of August rose 10.9 percent to 99,196, compared to the same period in 1992. Calendar year-to-date (CYTD) sales are at 710,104, up 3.3 percent over the same period last year.
 "We're pleased to note that our domestic-built product carried the month," said Yale Gieszl, TMS executive vice president. "We're proud of our workers here and the strong public acceptance of the quality vehicles they build."
 Lexus reported sales of 8,725 cars in August, up 2.3 percent, and 62,260 CYTD, up 4.4 percent over the same period last year. August was Lexus' second-best month of the year and third-best month ever.
 Total Toyota pickup trucks, including the T100 intermediate-sized pickup, increased 37.3 percent to 21,735. Toyota's volume cars increased with sales of 27,885 Camry midsized sedans and wagons, up 10.4 percent; 17,676 Corolla compact sedans and wagons, up 20.4 percent, and 9,772 Tercel subcompact sedan, up 7.8 percent.
 Other sales increases included a 14.7 percent boost for 4Runner compact sport utility vehicle to 4,167; 35.3 percent for Land Cruiser luxury sport utility vehicle to 889; and 286.7 percent for the all-new Supra sports car to 437 for the month.
 Toyota's North American-built vehicles accounted for 47.5 percent of sales in August, up from 44.6 percent last year, and 45.7 percent CYTD, up from 40.1 percent in the same period last year. U.S.-built Toyota pickups increased 43.2 percent to 10,957 in August and 111.9 percent to 71,567 CYTD.
 Aug. 1-31, 1993 3rd 10-Days 8/21 thru 8/31
 Toyota/Lexus Sales DSR
 1993 1992 Pct Chg
 Total vehicle sales 48,073 40,282 19.3 pct
 Toyota division import
 cars 11,536 11,668 -1.1 pct
 Lexus import cars 4,426 4,123 7.3 pct
 Toyota division
 North American-built
 cars (excludes pickup) 18,305 13,923 31.5 pct
 Total Toyota cars 34,267 29,714 15.3 pct
 Sport utility vehicles 2,314 1,809 27.9 pct
 Small vans 1,218 1,294 -5.9 pct
 Pickups 10,274 7,465 37.6 pct
 North American-
 Built Vehicles
 Corolla 7,788 5,854 33.0 pct
 Camry 10,517 8,069 30.3 pct
 Pickup 5,184 3,669 41.3 pct
 Total 23,489 17,592 33.5 pct
 North American vehicles
 percent of total 48.9 pct 43.7 pct
 Selling days 9 9
 Aug. 1-31, 1993 Month-to-Date
 Toyota/Lexus Sales DSR
 1993 1992 Pct. Change
 Total vehicle sales 99,196 89,417 10.9 pct
 Toyota division import
 cars 24,821 25,528 -2.8 pct
 Lexus import cars 8,725 8,531 2.3 pct
 Toyota Division North
 American-built
 cars (excludes pickup) 36,181 32,219 12.3 pct
 Total Toyota cars 69,727 66,278 5.2 pct
 Sport utility vehicles 5,056 4,289 17.9 pct
 Small vans 2,678 3,015 -11.2 pct
 Pickups 21,735 15,835 37.3 pct
 North American-
 Built Vehicles
 Corolla 14,691 13,559 8.3 pct
 Camry 21,490 18,660 15.2 pct
 Pickup 10,957 7,653 43.2 pct
 Total 47,138 39,872 18.2 pct
 North American vehicles
 percent of total 47.5 pct 44.6 pct
 Selling days 26 26
 Aus. 1-31, 1993 Calendar-Year-to-Date
 Toyota/Lexus Sales DSR
 1993 1992 Pct Chg
 Total vehicle sales 710,104 690,851 3.3 pct
 Toyota division import
 cars 199,003 213,400 -6.3 pct
 Lexus import cars 62,260 59,955 4.4 pct
 Toyota Division North
 American-built
 cars (excludes pickup) 252,953 242,987 4.6 pct
 Total Toyota cars 514,216 516,342 0.1 pct
 Sport utility vehicles 34,582 29,668 17.1 pct
 Small vans 22,431 28,883 -22.0 pct
 Pickups 138,875 115,958 20.3 pct
 North American
 Built Vehicles
 Corolla 106,978 103,029 4.3 pct
 Camry 145,975 139,958 4.8 pct
 Pickup 71,567 33,938 111.9 pct
 Total 324,520 276,925 17.8 pct
 North American vehicles
 percent of total 45.7 pct 40.1 pct
 Selling days 205 206
 DSR-Daily Selling Rate
 -0- 9/3/93
 /CONTACT: Jim Fewel, 310-618-4649, or John Hanson, 310-618-4718/


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