Japanese luxury marque breaks 3000-unit barrier in first four months

Lexus has posted its most successful first four months ever in Australia, registering 3026 vehicles in the January-April period.

It's the first time the Japanese luxury brand has broken 3000 registrations during the first third of the year, representing a 2.8 per cent gain over the same period last year. Additionally, the company's monthly figure of 830 vehicles is 20.5 per cent up on April 2017.

A key driver is the SUV range – including the NX, RX and LX lines – which have collectively grown by 18.8 per cent to 2095 units during the first quarter, meaning nearly 70 per cent of all Lexus sales in Q1 2018 have been SUVs.

The company's top-seller was the NX crossover (above), which shifted  313 vehicles last month, a 33.2 per cent increase on April 2017, and is up 21.1 per cent year-to-date (YTD).

More significant growth was seen in the larger RX, which recently benefitted from the addition of the seven-seat RX L variants, rising 109.4 per cent to 222 units for the month of April. The RX is also up 22.7 per cent YTD.

The Landcruiser-based LX off-roader was up 17.2 per cent for the month at 34 units, though it's still 18.6 per cent down YTD.

However, most of Lexus's passenger cars are struggling. The CT (above) fell 35.8 per cent to 70 units, the soon-to-be-replaced ES  was down 42.9 per cent to 12 units, and the IS also down 17.0 per cent to 117 registrations.

Meanwhile, the rear-wheel drive GS gained 10 per cent on last year's April figure with 11 registrations, while the larger LS's 10 units for April is far better than last year's 0 for the same period.

In the sports car segment, the Lexus RC fell 21.1 per cent to 30 units in April, but is up 13.7 per cent YTD, while the LC flagship coupe (below) managed 11 registrations for the month, sitting at 35 vehicles in its first full year on sale.

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