With the odd timing of the Labor Day holiday in the U.S., automakers didn't have as many days to sell vehicles. This in turn caused many automakers to report a decline in monthly sales. For example, Toyota reported a 4.3 percent drop in sales to 164,457 vehicles for September.
"September was a solid month for the auto industry despite two fewer selling days. Industry fundamentals are strong as interest rates stay low and consumers remain confident," said Bill Fay, Toyota Division group vice president and general manager.
Starting with Toyota, September sales totaled 144,935 vehicles, a decrease of 4.3 percent when compared to the same time last year. The Camry was the sales leader for the brand and all midsize sedans with 31,871 units sold. Although it should be said that compared to last year, sales of the Camry slipped 7 percent. Seeing a slip in sales along with the Camry was the Prius which reported a 16.1 percent drop in sales to 15,890 units.
Some happier news from Toyota's September sales include the Avalon more than doubling it sales when compared to last September (4,514 units vs. 1,571 units) and the Corolla taking home the best selling compact car for the month with 23,251 units.
Looking at Toyota's SUV/Truck sales, only three models saw an increase: the RAV4 (15,928 units, an increase of 15.5 percent), Sequoia (1,014 units, an increase of 5.3 percent), and Sienna (9,306, an increase of 4.5 percent).
Next up is Scion which is still in a bit of slump. Sales for September saw a massive 23.9 percent drop in sales to 5,131 units. The only bright spot for Scion was the FR-S which saw a 8.6 percent increase to 1,230 units.
We'll wrap up with Lexus which saw a 4.2 percent drop in sales for September. Total sales for the month reached 19,522 units. The RX was the sales leader for the brand with 7,601 units sold, an increase of 7.9 percent. The new IS sedan made inroad with buyers with 3,201 units sold, an increase of 42.4 percent.