Detroit Free Press http://tinyurl.com/3839hq
Toyota’s U.S. sales rose 14% to 269,023 vehicles in May compared to the
same month last year for an all-time monthly sales record.
The increase was driven by both fuel-efficient cars and the new Tundra
full-size truck, launched in February. Sales of the Camry, the best-
selling car in the United States, increased 16% to 50,126. The Prius,
the best-selling hybrid in the United States, was up 196% to 24,099.
The new Tundra pickup more than doubled the sales figures of its
predecessor with May sales of 17,727.
..Toyota Motor Sales executive vice president Jim Lentz: “Despite the
industry’s shift toward passenger cars, Toyota’s all-new Tundra hit an
all-time high in May. As for hybrids, the market’s appetite continues
unabated, with Prius also establishing an all-time record.”
That article should have said all time high, for the Tundra. GM and Ford
sell more trucks in a month than Toyota will sell in a year. Toyota truck
sales in 2006 were a measly 5% of the market. GM was 33% Ford 32% LOL
You're right Mike. When you're starting at zero (no sales)... and then you
start selling, all of a sudden you can report radical jumps in sales.
Let's see how they're doing a year or two from now.
I hope I'm not wrong, but I can't imagine trade people working on Union jobs
driving ToJo Pickups.
You probably never expected Volvo heavy trucks either, did you?
What do you expect someone to do when they are handed the keys to a Toyota
on the job? Did they balk at being issued a Ranger/Mazda for light duty?
Mike is old, he will probably be able to weasel around "Ford still
outsells Toyota in ..." until he dies. Toyota is overtaking each of
Retreating to only the heaviest trucks fr sales comparisons is like
Mercedes moving further upscale when Lexus started encroaching on
Clarence A Dold - Hidden Valley Lake, CA, USA GPS: 38.8,-122.5
I finally saw a new Tundra in the parking lot at work today - complete
with the hard bed cover, 20 inch chrome wheels, and a bug deflector -a
real hard core work truck. Just another poser. Toyota should do well
in this market.
I agree. Toyota is trying really hard to catch up to the big three in
trucks. And for the poser truck owner the new Tundra is probably just
I don't understand one thing - when Ford and GM build big SUVs and
trucks that Customers want, they were criticized for selling large
planet destroying vehicles. When Toyota builds an over sized cartoon
truck, they are praised for " giving the customer what they want." If
you leave out the hybrids (which I find interesting), the rest of the
US Toyota product line is headed down the same road to excess that
people criticize the big 2.5 for. Camry - latest model larger, Scion
xB - new model to be much larger, RAV4 - latest model much larger,
Highlander - new model to be much larger, Tacoma - current version
much larger, Tundra - new model ridiculously large, Sequoia, new model
to be much larger. Toyota quality - down, most recalls in 2005 and
2006 of any manufacturer. Why are they getting a free pass for heading
down exactly the same road as Ford and GM? Seems to me that Toyota is
doing a damn good job of catching up - in the wrong direction.
GM, Ford and Dodge have been building trucks that good and better for years.
When Toyota says Tundra is changing everything they are referring to the
Tundra catching up to the industry. The problem the Tundra has, is like
their cars, they are overprice compared to the others ;)
I'm guessing you mean " overpriced ".
If they truly are overpriced then the marketplace will force them to correct
or they will go out of business.
Very similar to the trouble that the Detroit 3 find themselves in today ;)
People must find better value in Toyotas ( I know I do ) than some of the
other brands. That is why they are so popular.
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