Toyota posts 7.5 pct January sales increase

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Posted: Feb 01, 2012 1:54 PM
Toyota posts 7.5 pct January sales increase

Toyota says its January U.S. sales rose 7.5 percent, boosted by replenished dealer inventories and continued strong demand for the new version of its Camry.

The Japanese automaker sold 124,540 cars and trucks, up from 115,856 in the same month last year. Camry sales, including the hybrid version, jumped 56 percent to 28,295.

The March earthquake and tsunami in Japan hampered Toyota's supply of critical parts for several months, reducing the number of vehicles it could stock at dealers.

In recent months, launches of models like the redesigned Camry and the Prius V have boosted sales. Sales of Prius models, including the V, rose 8.7 percent in January.

Corolla sales dropped 13 percent, while overall truck sales fell 6 percent.