Toyota Motor North America reported that sales for November were 207,857 vehicles, an increase of 9.2 percent on a volume basis and up 5.0 percent on a daily selling rate basis (DSR) from a year ago.
The Toyota division sold 177,784 vehicles, an increase of 8.4 percent on volume and 4.2 percent on a DSR basis, while the Lexus division sold 30,093 vehicles, an increase of 13.8 percent based on volume and 9.4 percent on a DSR basis.
For the Toyota division, the RAV4 sales increased the most at 26.4 percent, marking its best-ever November. This percentage was led by RAV4 Hybrid with 10,057 units sold. The Corolla sales increased by 17.3 percent, followed by Prius at an increase of 11.9 percent, 4Runner at 7.8 percent, C-HR at 5.8 percent and Tacoma at a 5.3 percent increase.
Within the Lexus division, RC sales increased 111.3 percent, followed by GX sales at 34.6 percent, NX at 14.2 percent, RX at 12.5 percent and ES sales up 7.7 percent. The NX sales increase was its best-ever November, with the NX Hybrid selling 1,051 units.
Overall, hybrid sales were up 65.4 percent across both divisions of the company.
Toyota has plants in several Southern states, including in Blue Springs, Mississippi and its largest U.S. manufacturing operation in Georgetown, Kentucky. The company currently employs 1,100 workers at its Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama Inc. plant in Huntsville, where it makes V6 and V8 engines for Tacoma and Tundra trucks and the Sequoia SUV and four-cylinder engines for the Camry, RAV4, Sienna and Highlander.
In addition, Toyota is partnering with Mazda on a new vehicle assembly plant, also in Huntsville, that represents an investment of $1.6 billion. The plant, currently under construction, should be complete in 2021 and is expected to employ 4,000 production workers at full capacity.
The company also builds Tacoma and Tundra pickups in Texas.