Toyota Quarterly U.S. Sales Jump 22% as Car Buyers Storm Back

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Toyota Motor Corp.’s first-quarter sales surged 22% from a year earlier in North America, signaling a healthy recovery from when Covid-19 shutdowns kept car buyers at home.

Sales rose to 603,066 vehicles in the quarter, the Japanese automaker said by email Thursday. March sales jumped a gaudy 87% to almost 254,000, Toyota said in separate release, but that compares with a month when consumers had all but abandoned showrooms.

Still, Toyota’s performance presages a strong start to the year for carmakers, who are expected to post a quarterly sales gain of 8%, according to analysts. Toyota’s sales were 11% more than in the first quarter of 2019 -- a clear sign that consumers are in a buying mood.

The carmaker sold its most profitable vehicles in strong numbers. Deliveries of Toyota and Lexus trucks and sport utility vehicles surged more than 30% in the quarter, while those for passenger cars rose just 6.4% against weak figures last year.

Toyota Quarterly U.S. Sales Jump 22% as Car Buyers Storm Back

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