Annual records for hybrid and truck sales power Toyota Canada Inc. to 18.4% year-over-year increase

Annual records for hybrid and truck sales power Toyota Canada Inc. to 18.4% 
year-over-year increase 
--  Best-ever year for Toyota hybrid sales 

    --  Second-best year ever for Lexus sales

TORONTO, Jan. 3, 2013 /CNW/ - Toyota Canada Inc. (TCI) reported total sales of 
192,058 vehicles in 2012, an increase of 18.4% versus 2011.

Highlights included a best-ever year for the sale of trucks up 11.0%, hybrids 
up 167.2%, and Scion vehicles up 22.5%. It was also the second-best year ever 
for Lexus sales, up 13.0%.

Toyota sales highlights for December 2012 (vs. 2011)
    --  Toyota sales: 10,578 :: 171,174 for the year (up 18.7%)
        o Toyota passenger car sales: 5,131 :: 93,514 for the year (up
        o Yaris Hatch sales: 413 :: 8,440 for the year (up 76.4%)
        o Corolla sales: 2,371 :: 40,906 for the year (up 11.6%)
        o Camry sales: 710 :: 14,765 for the year (up 32.6%)
    --  Toyota truck sales: 5,447 :: New annual record of 77,660 (up
        o Tacoma 4x4 sales: 803 :: New annual record of 9,523 (up
        o Canadian-built RAV4 sales: 1,487 ::  New annual record of
          25,942 (up 20.4%)
        o Tundra 4X4 sales: 520 :: 7,025 for the year (up 8.7%)
        o Highlander sales: 487 :: 5,735 for the year(up 21.1%)
        o 4Runner sales: 250 :: 2,878 for the year(up 11.6%)
        o Sienna sales: 779 :: 11,858 for the year(up 9.4%)
    --  Toyota hybrid sales: 928 :: New annual record of 14,595 (up
        250%):: Hybrids represented 8.5% of Toyota sales in 2012
        o Prius family sales: 614 :: New December record :: New annual
          record of 10,041 (up 370.5%)
          # Prius v sales: 242 :: 4,077 for the year
          # Prius c sales: 179 :: 2,530 for the year :: Accounted for
            16.6% of overall Toyota subcompact sales in 2012
    --  Highlander Hybrid sales: 123 :: 1,116 for the year(up 33.2%)
    --  Camry Hybrid sales: 191 :: 3,438 for the year (up 187.0%)

"We're delighted with what we achieved in 2012, from Camry finishing number 
one in the intermediate segment to our record truck sales," said Larry 
Hutchinson, Managing Director, Toyota Canada Inc. "And we're especially proud 
that we met our goal to make 2012 the year of the hybrid. We established 
several impressive records for hybrid sales anchored by surging momentum for 
the iconic Prius brand."

Lexus sales highlights for December 2012 (vs. 2011)
    --  Lexus luxury car sales: 563 :: 7,366 for the year (up 20.7%)
        o GS 350 sales: 48 :: New December record :: New annual record
          of 869 (up 662.3%)
        o ES sales: 160 :: 2,206 for the year (up 16.6%)
    --  Lexus hybrid sales: 216 :: New annual record of 2,879 (up
        21.5%) :: Hybrid models accounted for 19.1% of Lexus sales in
        o CT 200h sales: 92 :: New annual record of 1,640 (up 21.5%)
    --  Lexus luxury SUV sales: 602 :: 7,765 for the year (up 6.5%)
        o RX sales: 478 :: 6,388 for the year (up 5.2%)
        o LX sales: 14 :: 259 for the year (up 127.2%)

"In 2012, we introduced Canadians to our exciting new Lexus design language," 
said Cyril Dimitris, Director, Lexus Canada. "Now, coming off our second-best 
year for Lexus sales, we're looking forward to carrying this momentum into 
2013 and propelling Lexus to new heights beginning with the reveal of the IS 
at this month's Detroit Auto Show."

Scion sales highlights for December 2012 (vs. 2011)
    --  Scion sales: 461 :: New December record :: New annual record of
        5,783 (up 22.5%)

"It was a landmark year for Scion," said Cyril Dimitris, Director, Scion 
Canada. "Introduced to Canada just a little over 2 years ago, we are proud of 
the inroads the Scion brand has made in attracting youthful buyers to the 
Toyota family."

About Toyota Canada Inc.

Toyota Canada Inc. (TCI) is the exclusive Canadian distributor of Toyota, 
Lexus and Scion cars, SUVs and trucks. Toyota is the first full-line 
manufacturer to make all of the elements of the Star Safety System standard on 
every vehicle starting in 2011. The Star Safety System includes Vehicle 
Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC), Anti-lock Brake System 
(ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA) and Smart 
Stop Technology (SST). TCI's head office is in Toronto, with regional offices 
in Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal and Halifax and parts distribution centres in 
Toronto and Vancouver.

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