Toyota dragged down in August by weak car sales

Camry sales fell 19 percent in August.

Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. said vehicle deliveries in the U.S. fell 2 percent to 223,055 in August, which had the same number of selling days in 2017.

A best-ever month for light-truck sales was not enough to offset a 16 percent decline in car sales to 78,410 for the automaker. The Toyota brand’s car sales dropped 15 percent, while Lexus car sales decreased 20 percent.

Light-truck sales — which include the automaker’s pickups, SUVs and crossovers — were up 7 percent to 144,645 vehicles, including a 9 percent rise for the Toyota brand. Those sales were flat for Lexus.

Brands: Toyota down 1.2%, Lexus down 7.1%.

Notable nameplates: Toyota Camry down 19%, Toyota Corolla down 5.4%, Toyota C-HR up 32%, Toyota RAV4 down 2.4%, Toyota Highlander up 24%, Toyota Tacoma up 35%, Lexus NX up 2.3%, Lexus RX up 4.7%, Lexus LS up 124%, Lexus ES down 27%.

Incentives: $2,600 per vehicle, down 9.3% from a year earlier, according to estimates by ALG.

Average transaction price: $31,586, up 2.9% from a year earlier, ALG says.



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