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by Matt Brogan

Toyota’s year-on-year sales were up more than 28 per cent in April, with the Toyota HiLux range topping the brand’s new-car sales list.

The news comes as many manufacturers see solid post-GFC results in Australia, with April the seventh consecutive month of higher year-on-year sales.

In April, Toyota sold a total of 16,697 vehicles, a margin of over 6700 vehicles (or 67.6 per cent) above its nearest rival. The total figure up 13,033 units (or 28.1 per cent) against the same month last year.

The brand’s HiLux light commercial range was its number-one seller in April, selling more than 3400 units. It’s the fifth time the HiLux has topped the sales charts, the news coming two years to the day after it first reached number one, in April 2008.

Other strong sellers for Toyota include the Prado SUV, the model selling almost 1500 units last month, Toyota Corolla, on 2829 sales, Toyota Camry with 1830 sales, Toyota Yaris recording 1799 units and Toyota Aurion on 1024 units.

Similarly, Toyota LandCruiser 200 Series, HiAce van and HiAce bus all led their respective segments.

“Toyota’s dealers responded to the global financial crisis with kaizen (continuous improvement) activities designed to improve their service to customers even further,” said Toyota Australia’s senior executive director sales and marketing, David Buttner.

“These changes have contributed significantly to the pick-up in sales, which we expect to continue throughout the year.

“We also recognise the support of consumers for our extensive model line-up and wish to thank our customers for their on-going loyalty.”




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