Toyota Canada September sales drop 17 per cent


Still struggling to regain its footing after recent slides, Toyota Canada says September sales again slumped by 17 per cent.

Total sales topped 14,563 units, Toyota and Lexus combined, with the two brands dropping 17.5 and 13.2 per cent respectively.

This negative trend follows a few months of lost sales and market share including a drop of 29 per cent in August and 22 per cent in July.

There was some bright news for the automaker as the recent truck trend helped pull truck and SUV sales up to 7,329 units (16.2 per cent) setting a new September record by more than 800 vehicles.

Other highlights for Toyota in September include the RAV4 up 18.7 per cent, the 4Runner up 677.4 per cent and the Avalon, which finished up 141.7 compared to last September. 

The Lexus GX 460 was a big seller too, rising 308.3 per cent 

Toyota is hoping for better numbers in October, buoyed by the debut of Scion, which launched in 45 Canadian dealerships on Sept. 28.

“Vehicle deliveries are underway and first full month sales will be reported at the end of October 2010,” the company said.