Japanese luxury brand sees 32 per cent increase on the same month in 2018, while its SUV sales are at an all-time high.
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Lexus Australia has broken several internal sales records this past month, with its overall tally for August a up by almost a third on the same month last year.

With a total of 817 vehicles registered across its line-up, the Japanese brand's year-to-date count stood at 6373 units as of August 31, a 5.2 per cent improvement on the first eight months of 2018.

Helping to drive the luxury arm's growth was its SUV range, which posted an increase of 58.6 per cent for the month – spearheaded by the mid-sized NX with a record count of 368 sales (up 39.9 per cent), 59 units higher than the previous record set for August in 2016.

The company says the NX's healthy boost in sales was "supported" by running technology changes implemented in June, along with the limited-edition NX Crafted announced in July.

Meanwhile, the entry-level UX crossover (above) was the company's second best-selling model for August, posting a monthly tally of 145 sales, taking its YTD figure to 1273 units in its first full year on sale.

Lexus's flagship LX 4x4 saw 31 registrations last month, its best result since the same month in 2017, while the RX range dropped slightly (-8.5 per cent) ahead of the facelifted model arriving in October.

Elsewhere in the range, the ES large sedan continued its upward trend with 41 sales (up 78.3 per cent), while the LS and RC maintained similar sales to August 2018, with four (up 33.3 per cent) and 24 vehicles (down 4.0 per cent) registered for each model line respectively.

However, the ageing CT hybrid hatchback saw just nine registrations (down 71.9 per cent) as the brand focuses on the UX as its entry-level product, while the IS (59 sales, down 36.6 per cent) and GS (two sales, down 71.4 per cent) also fell. The flagship LC coupe also saw declines in August, with just four registered (down 63.6 per cent).

"Strong interest from customers in Lexus is facilitating high growth, and the arrival of the new RX and ES F Sport will continue to place the luxury lifestyle brand on target for a record year," said Scott Thompson, CEO for Lexus Australia.

Lexus's fortunes are a contrast to other brands in the premium segment, with varying results for the established German marques.

Above: Lexus ES300h

Audi saw a monthly increase of 27.9 per cent but is still down 27.8 per cent year-to-date – not helped by the absence of the new-generation A1 hatchback and Q3 crossover – while Mercedes-Benz Cars was also down 8.3 per cent for August and -8.9 per cent YTD.

BMW posted a modest increase of 5.7 per cent for the month, though is down 2.1 per cent year-to-date. Infiniti fell 63.2 per cent, having also just announced its exit from the Australian market, while Alfa Romeo dropped 31.7 per cent for the month (-33.1 per cent YTD), while Jaguar was up 1.0 per cent for the month and currently sits at 1.1 per cent in the positive YTD.

Land Rover was down 8.6 per cent for August (-13.6 per cent YTD), while Volvo went up slightly by 0.4 per cent, though is sitting at 19.7 per cent up year-to-date.

For the complete run-down of August's sales figures, click here.