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Toyota car sales grow by 23% in 2009

Torrance-based Toyota Motor Sales has reported its sales of 187,860 units in December 2009, grew by 22.9 percent compared to the same period last year, says a Toyota statement to PRNewswires.

TMS annual sales of 1.7 million, however, was down by 20.2 percent as against sales in 2008, on a daily sales rate basis. While Lexus reported sales of 215,975 units last year, down by 17 percent from 2008. While the Scion Division reported sales of 57,961 units in the same year.

"Emerging from the rollercoaster of 2009, the industry has gained positive momentum for a gradual recovery," said Don Esmond, senior vice president of automotive operations, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. "Despite a tough market, TMS performed solidly, reaching its goal to grow market share. With Toyota continuing as the best-selling overall brand and Lexus as the best-selling luxury brand in America, we're looking forward to a bright 2010."

However, TMS reported its Toyota Division's sales for December 2009 topped 159,295 units, up by 24.7 percent over the same period in 2008. Passenger car sales recorded 98,122 units, up by 34.6 percent over the year-ago month. For the year, Camry and Camry Hybrid posted combined sales of 356,824 units. Corolla, on the one hand, recorded sales of 296,874 units. Prius mid-size electric hybrid posted year-end sales of 139,682 units. While Venza reported sales of only 54,410 units.