Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., today reported October vehicle sales of 123,920, down 5.7 percent from last year's record-setting October. Calendar-year-to-date (CYTD) sales total 1,359,200, an increase of 126,209 units, or 9.8 percent compared to the same period last year.

"The economy's smooth transition from express train to commuter train will continue to keep consumer confidence positive and industry sales strong," said Jim Press, TMS executive vice president. "Even though the growth rate may moderate, industry sales will be strong and sustainable well into next year."

The Lexus Division posted best-ever October sales with 17,543 units, an increase of 9.6 percent over the same period last year. The record sales were fueled by the launch of the all-new LS 430 luxury sedan with sales of 2,732, an increase of 105.0 percent. The IS 300 sport sedan continued its strong sales pace with 2,074 units sold.

Toyota Division passenger car sales were led by the ECHO subcompact sedan with best-ever October sales of 3,425, up 23.8 percent. The all-new Prius gas/electric hybrid sedan recorded impressive sales of 829 units.

Toyota Division light truck sales were led by the all-new RAV4 compact sport utility vehicle which posted its all-time best-ever sales month with 7,637 units sold, an increase of 76.3 percent. The popular Tundra full-size pickup recorded its best-ever October with 7,837 sales, up 18.9 percent over the same period last year.

Sales of North American-built vehicles made up 61.1 percent of total October sales.

TOYOTA/LEXUS SALES
OCTOBER, 2000

CURRENT MONTH CALENDAR YEAR TO DATE
DSR % DSR %
2000 1999 CHG 2000 1999 CHG

TOTAL VEHICLE
SALES 123,920 131,439 -5.7 1,359,200 1,232,991 9.8
Memo: Total
Toyota Div. 106,377 115,429 -7.8 1,192,208 1,079,313 10.0
Memo: Total
Lexus Div. 17,543 16,010 9.6 166,992 153,678 8.2

TOYOTA DIV.
IMPORT CAR 14,231 16,540 -14.0 202,739 118,598 70.3
LEXUS IMPORT
CAR 10,433 8,064 29.4 80,719 82,354 -2.4
TOYOTA DIV NA
BUILT CARS 49,438 54,110 -8.6 542,173 543,490 -0.6
TOTAL TOYOTA
CARS 74,102 78,714 -5.9 825,631 744,442 10.5

SPORT UTILITY
VEHICLES 23,565 24,442 -3.6 237,105 241,469 -2.2
Memo: Lexus
Sport
Utility 7,110 7,946 -10.5 86,273 71,324 20.5

SMALL VANS 6,899 9,330 -26.1 89,475 82,441 8.1
PICKUPS 19,354 18,953 2.1 206,989 164,639 25.2

* NORTH AMERICAN
BUILT VEHICLES
COROLLA 17,733 19,370 -8.5 198,463 213,388 -7.4
CAMRY 23,838 26,514 -10.1 253,670 278,561 -9.3
AVALON 7,867 8,226 -4.4 90,040 51,541 74.0
SIENNA 6,899 9,330 -26.1 89,474 82,441 8.1
PICKUP 19,354 18,950 2.1 206,980 164,419 25.4
TOTAL 75,691 82,390 -8.1 838,627 790,350 5.7
N.A. VEHICLES
% OF TOTAL 61.1% 62.7% 61.7% 64.1%

SELLING DAYS 26 26 257 256

DSR = DAILY SELLING RATE