A week ago, we told you that Toyota Motor Sales (TMS) reported a substantial decline of sales in the US by about a quarter in the first half of the year. However, the Japanese automotive giant seems to be going steady in Europe, where demand increased roughly in line with the overall car market, totaling 403,656 units, up 3% from first half of 2010.
“We are happy with the positive results for the first half of this year after a strong first quarter. The upward sales trend we see this year demonstrates the strength of our product line-up, especially with our hybrids. It also shows the fighting spirit of everyone at Toyota, both in Europe and worldwide, and the great relationship we have with all our suppliers who worked hard, together with us, to minimise supply concerns from the March Earthquake,” said Didier Leroy, President and CEO of Toyota Motor Europe (TME).
In addition, production levels have returned to normal since the early part of last month at all the company’s plants in Europe.
“We are now speeding up delivery to meet customer orders and, at a minimum, to reclaim our planned volumes through the rest of the year. We are confident to increase our sales volume on a yearly basis,” the Toyota official added.
Thanks to the demand and hype created around the new CT 200h, Lexus sales increased by 42% compared to 2010 with sales of 21,983 vehicles. The Lexus CT 200h saw first half-year sales of 7,586, more than doubling its first quarter result.