Toyota Sets Sales Record for Sixth Year in a Row

TORRANCE, Calif., Jan. 3 -- Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., today reported best-ever year-end total sales of 1,741,254 vehicles, up 7.5 percent. 2001 marks the 12th consecutive year that Toyota sold more than one million cars and trucks, and the sixth year-in-a-row that TMS set a total year-end sales record.

Total sales for December were a best-ever 144,202, an increase of 7.6 percent over the same period last year.

``The auto industry threw a great New Year's party and it was a fitting end to a challenging year,'' said Jim Press, TMS executive vice president and COO. ``Strong industry sales in the final quarter buoyed a lagging economy, which is already showing signs of recovery.''

Toyota Division's best-ever year-end total of 1,517,271 vehicles, up 7.4 percent, marked the eighth consecutive year that the Toyota Division has topped one million units. Toyota Division light trucks reported best-ever annual sales of 698,797, up 29.0 percent.

The Toyota Division reported December sales of 121,999, up 8.1 percent. The Corolla compact sedan posted December sales of 16,491, an increase of 19.3 percent. Total year-end Corolla sales were 245,023, up 6.5 percent from last year. The Prius gas/electric hybrid sedan recorded its best-ever sales month with 1,780 units sold, up 57.0 percent. Year-end Prius sales totaled 15,556, an increase of 179.7 percent.

Toyota Division light trucks posted best-ever December sales of 60,173, an increase of 26.3 percent. The Sienna minivan led the light-truck sales pace with best-ever December sales of 9,735, an increase of 43.1 percent. The Highlander midsize sport utility vehicle (SUV) recorded 8,168 units sold in December, closing out its first year on the market with 86,699 total sales in 2001. The Sequoia full-size SUV posted best-ever December sales of 6,078, up 24.0 percent and year-end sales of 68,574 in its first full year on the market. The RAV4 compact SUV recorded year-end sales of 86,368, an increase of 60.6 percent while the 4Runner mid-size SUV recorded December sales of 7,051, up 0.5 percent.

Toyota pickup trucks also contributed to the light truck sales record. The Tundra full-size pickup achieved best-ever December sales with 9,244 units sold, an increase of 18.4 percent and best-ever year-end total sales of 108,863, an increase of 8.4 percent. The Tacoma compact pickup recorded year-end sales of 161,983, an increase of 10.0 percent.

The Lexus Division enjoyed its best-ever sales year with 223,983 units sold, an increase of 8.7 percent. The Lexus Division also enjoyed its best-ever sales month, posting 22,203 total sales, up 4.9 percent over the same period last year.

Lexus passenger car sales posted best-ever year-end sales of 137,237, an increase of 35.3 percent and best-ever December sales of 13,517, up 22.5 percent. The ES 300 luxury sedan recorded December sales of 5,961, an increase of 68.8 percent, and total year-end sales of 44,847, up 8.5 percent. The SC 430 hardtop convertible recorded December sales of 1,498 and year-end sales of 14,326. The flagship LS 430 luxury sedan posted year-end sales of 31,110, up 96.0 percent while the IS 300 sport sedan year-end sales totaled 22,486 units, up 44.7 percent.

There were 307 selling days in 2001, which equals the number in 2000.

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                             TOYOTA RETAIL SALES
                          (INCLUDES FLEET & HAWAII)
                                DECEMBER, 2001

                           CURRENT MONTH            CALENDAR YEAR TO DATE
                                        DSR %                         DSR %
                       2001      2000    CHG     2001        2000      CHG
     ECHO             2,505     3,450   -27.4    42,464     48,876    -13.1
     COROLLA         16,491    13,820    19.3   245,023    230,156      6.5
     CELICA           1,852     2,580   -28.2    35,720     52,406    -31.8
     SUPRA                0         1  -100.0         3          2     50.0
     CAMRY           33,106    36,811   -10.1   390,449    422,961     -7.7
     AVALON           5,724     6,899   -17.0    83,005    104,078    -20.2
     MR2 SPYDER         368       478   -23.0     6,254      7,233    -13.5
     PRIUS            1,780     1,134    57.0    15,556      5,562    179.7
     TOTAL TOYOTA
      DIV. PASS. CAR 61,826    65,173    -5.1   818,474    871,274     -6.1

     ES 300           5,961     3,531    68.8    44,847     41,320      8.5
     LS 430           2,365     2,940   -19.6    31,110     15,871     96.0
     SC 300               0         8  -100.0         7        450    -98.4
     SC 430           1,498         2      --    14,326        181   7814.9
     GS 300           1,662     1,908   -12.9    19,848     21,921     -9.5
     GS 430             293       499   -41.3     4,613      6,158    -25.1
     IS 300           1,738     2,147   -19.0    22,486     15,540     44.7
     TOTAL LEXUS
      PASSENGER CAR  13,517    11,035    22.5   137,237    101,441     35.3

     TOTAL TOYOTA
      PASSENGER CAR  75,343    76,208    -1.1   955,711    972,715     -1.7

     PREVIA               0         0      --         0          1   -100.0
     SIENNA           9,735     6,803    43.1    88,469    103,137    -14.2
     RAV4             7,001     7,126    -1.8    86,368     53,777     60.6
     4RUNNER          7,051     7,017     0.5    90,250    111,797    -19.3
     HIGHLANDER       8,168         0      --    86,699          0       --
     LAND CRUISER       508       873   -41.8     7,591     15,509    -51.1
     SEQUOIA          6,078     4,900    24.0    68,574      9,925    590.9

     4X2 TACOMA       7,374     7,486    -1.5    94,236     80,140     17.6
     4X4 TACOMA       5,014     5,641   -11.1    67,747     67,155      0.9
     TOTAL TACOMA    12,388    13,127    -5.6   161,983    147,295     10.0

     T100                 0         0      --         0          9   -100.0
     TUNDRA           9,244     7,806    18.4   108,863    100,445      8.4

     TOTAL PICKUP    21,632    20,933     3.3   270,846    247,749      9.3

     TOTAL TOYOTA
      DIV. LT TRUCK  60,173    47,652    26.3   698,797    541,895     29.0

     LX 470             605       885   -31.6     9,320     14,732    -36.7
     RX 300           8,081     9,248   -12.6    77,426     89,864    -13.8
     TOTAL LEXUS
      LIGHT TRUCK     8,686    10,133   -14.3    86,746    104,596    -17.1

     TOTAL TOYOTA
      LIGHT TRUCK    68,859    57,785    19.2   785,543    646,491     21.5

     TOTAL TOYOTA
      DIV.          121,999   112,825     8.1 1,517,271  1,413,169      7.4
     TOTAL
      LEXUS          22,203    21,168     4.9   223,983    206,037      8.7
     TOTAL
      TOYOTA        144,202   133,993     7.6 1,741,254  1,619,206      7.5

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