Luxury carmaker Lexus has begun 2017 strongly on the back of record sales achieved last year in Australia and worldwide.
Official automotive industry statistics released today show Lexus lifted its local sales by almost 21.5 per cent in January compared with the final month of 2016.
Lexus dealers –which now includes the newly opened showroom at Gregory Hills by the Clintons Group – delivered 566 passenger cars and SUVs to Australian customers last month, a gain of 100 vehicles compared with December.
It was the second-highest January result for the brand since it was launched in Australia in 1991 and follows an all-time January record achieved last year.
Last month’s result follows the best-ever year for Lexus in Australia with 2016 sales growing 3.9 per cent to more than 9,000 vehicles.
In a positive start to the new year, three vehicles – the CT 200h hybrid and the RX and LX SUVs – achieved their best January sales in three years.
These models, along with the NX, IS, ES, GS and LS Lines, recorded higher sales in January than in December.
Lexus Australia chief executive Peter McGregor said the upcoming launch of the new flagship LC coupe would help maintain steady and sustainable growth by evolving the luxury lifestyle brand image of Lexus.
“The LC coupe, launching mid-year in Australia in both the V8-powered LC 500 and hybrid-powered LC 500h, reveals the brand direction for Lexus with its superior dynamics and breakthrough styling,” Mr McGregor said.
Success for Lexus in the local market has been matched globally with Lexus International confirming it has just completed a fourth consecutive year of record sales.
Worldwide, the company sold 677,615 vehicles in 2016, which represents an increase of close to four per cent over the previous year.
New annual sales records were achieved by established Lexus operations in Japan, Europe, China, East Asia and the Oceania region, which includes Australia.