Brussels,
10
April
2020
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10:01
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Toyota Motor Europe posts first quarter sales results amid COVID-19 crisis

Summary
  • TME reports 271,937 vehicles sold between January-March 2020, down -2.45%, as the market sharply declined
  • Continued strong demand for its hybrid electric vehicles which make up 52% of total sales and 64% in West Europe
  • Toyota’s European plants currently closed as the COVID-19 crisis impacts public health, the economy and society

Brussels, Belgium – April 10, 2020 – Toyota Motor Europe today reported first quarter sales of 271,937 Toyota and Lexus vehicles, down -2.45% on the same period in 2019 – a relatively modest decrease amidst the current COVID-19 crisis thanks mainly to a strong January and February. Demand for its full hybrid electric vehicles also remained strong at 141,088 achieving 52% of total sales in this period. Across Europe, the company’s market share was 6.6% in a market that decreased by -22% year on year and -46% in March, as the effects of the global COVID-19 pandemic escalated across Europe.

Since mid-March, manufacturing at all Toyota’s European plants has been suspended until week commencing April 20 at the earliest, due to the impact of the coronavirus on public health, society and the economy.

 

These are unprecedented times and our immediate priority is supporting the various governments’ efforts across the region to safeguard both the public’s health, and that of frontline key workers fighting this pandemic. Only when conditions improve, which we hope is soon, can we restart production and get our plants and retailers back to working normally. From a business perspective, we are now planning on lower sales in 2020 than in 2019 but given the uncertainty of the situation it is too early to give an accurate forecast.

 
Matt Harrison, Executive Vice President of Toyota Motor Europe

Crisis support

Considering the crisis, Toyota Motor Europe, its manufacturing plants, its national marketing and sales companies, its retailer network and other Toyota entities in Europe have spontaneously taken initiatives in several ways in response to the needs of their local communities, with priority given to supporting healthcare and emergency services and personnel.

Toyota, together with its financial services subsidiary Toyota Financial Services Europe, has also been helping customers with individual financial agreements, in particular those who are affected by the loss of employment or business income.

Brand and model performance

Customer demand for the Toyota brand saw strong early sales momentum for Corolla Hatchback and Touring Sports, Corolla Sedan and RAV4 with total first quarter sales at 253,644, and its market share rising to 6.1%. In the same period, its hybrid electric vehicles sales mix stood at 51% of the total, and 61% in West Europe. This mix was even higher for specific models such as Corolla Hatchback and Touring Sports, and C-HR where hybrid represented 92% of sales.

Lexus also started the year off well with total sales of 18,293 vehicles, stable with the same period last year. High demand continued for its SUV range with strong performances from UX, NX and RX making up 76% of all sales. Hybrid electric vehicle sales now represent over 68% of total sales and 97% in Western & Central Europe.

TME highlights Jan-Mar 2020:

  • Total sales: 271,937 (-2.45% year-on-year)
  • Market share: 6.6% (+1.3 ppt year-on-year)
  • Total hybrid sales: 141,088 (-1.60% year-on-year)
  • Hybrid mix: West Europe: 64% - East Europe*: 22% - TTL: 52%

Toyota highlights Jan- Mar 2020:

  • Toyota sales: 253,644 (-2.6% year-on-year)
  • Top sellers: Yaris Range (55,126); Corolla Hatchback & Touring Sports (38,077); RAV4 Range (37,063)
  • Top gainers: Corolla Sedan (+58%); Corolla Hatchback & Touring Sports (+36%): RAV4 (+21%), Highlander (+202%)
  • Top hybrids: Corolla Hatchback & Touring Sports (35,383); Toyota C-HR Hybrid (27,719); RAV4 (19,982)
  • Total hybrid sales: 128,553 (-1.3% year-on-year)
  • Hybrid mix: West Europe: 61% - East Europe*: 23% - TTL: 51%

Lexus highlights Jan-Mar 2020:

  • Total Lexus sales: 18,293 (-0.51% year-on-year)
  • Top sellers: NX Range (5,016); UX Range (4,632); RX Range (4,306)
  • Top gainers: UX range (+209%); RX (+4.3%)
  • Top hybrids: UX Hybrid (4,383); NX Hybrid (3,803); RX Hybrid (1,452);
  • Total hybrid sales: 12,535 (-3.7% year-on-year)
  • Hybrid mix: West & Central Europe: 97% - East Europe*: 1% - TTL: 68%

 

Sales for Jan-Dec 2019 are listed below

Table 1 – TME (1) full year sales in 2019

TOTAL TOYOTA / LEXUS

271,937

 

 

 

TOYOTA

253,644

AYGO

26,818

Yaris (incl. Yaris Hybrid)

55,126

Yaris Hybrid

26,857

Corolla H/B & Touring Sports (including Hybrid)

38,077

Corolla H/B & Touring Sports Hybrid

35,383

Toyota C-HR (incl. Hybrid)

30,009

Toyota C-HR Hybrid

27,719

Corolla SDN (incl. Hybrid)

19,223

Corolla SDN Hybrid

9,620

Prius Family

5,856

Prius

1,112

Prius+

4,113

Prius Plug-in Hybrid

631

Mirai

76

Camry (incl. Camry Hybrid)

12,322

Camry Hybrid

3,136

Supra

185

 RAV4 (incl. RAV4 Hybrid)

37,063

RAV4 Hybrid

19,982

Highlander

626

Land Cruiser

9,338

Hilux

9,089

PROACE

7,823

Other models

10,239

 

LEXUS

18,293

CT 200h

1,083

IS (incl. IS Hybrid)

519

IS hybrid

519

ES (incl. ES Hybrid)

1,493

ES hybrid

1,107

LS (incl. LS Hybrid)

31

LS hybrid

23

NX (incl. NX Hybrid)

5,016

NX hybrid

3,803

UX (incl. UX Hybrid)

4,632

UX hybrid

4,383

RX (incl. RX Hybrid)

4,306

RX hybrid

1,452

RC (incl. RC Hybrid)

157

RC hybrid

143

LC (incl. LC Hybrid)

50

LC hybrid

22

Other models

1,006

(1) Toyota Motor Europe is responsible for all Western, Central and Eastern European countries including Turkey and Russia as well as Israel and a number of Central Asian markets (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Kazakhstan).

*East Europe includes Russia, Kazakhstan, Caucasus, Ukraine, Turkey and Israel.

Models listed in italics are produced locally at Toyota’s European manufacturing facilities.