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Toyota reports record UK sales since reopening following the coronavirus lockdown

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The car maker achieved its highest June sales on record, with 12,447 cars and light commercial vehicles sold

Hybrid-powered cars drive forecourt renaissance as showrooms reopen after lockdown.

Car maker Toyota has reported record UK sales since the reopening of showrooms following the coronavirus lockdown.

The firm said that in June, when garage forecourts reopened for business, it recorded its highest sales for that particular month.

The Japanese car-maker said the success was driven by the popularity of its hybrid Toyota and Lexus models, such as the Toyota Corolla, which is manufactured at its Burnaston plant in Derbyshire.

The Toyota brand achieved its highest June sales on record, with 12,447 cars and light commercial vehicles sold.

The performance comes after the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders reported a “tentative restart” for the British car retail industry and an overall decline in the market of almost 35%.

But both Toyota and Lexus bucked the trend by increasing their sales.

Hybrid models were the drivers of volume. To date, this year hybrid models have accounted for 63.71% of Toyota new car sales and 99.77% of Lexus sales.

Paul Van der Burgh, president and managing director of Toyota GB, said: The sales results for June are a fitting reward for the tremendous efforts our Toyota and Lexus retailers have made during the past weeks to resume trading in a way that is safe and gives customers complete peace of mind.

He said, their commitment and the compelling quality of our growing range of self-charging hybrids have combined to deliver the perfect foundation for further growth in the months ahead. More than ever, consumers want to be sure they are making the right choice, and they are increasingly putting their faith in our hybrids.

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