RECORD SALES FOR LEXUS IN 2016

  • More than 9,000 sales for the first time
  • Five consecutive years of growth
  • Sales increase of 29% in past two years

Luxury carmaker Lexus has set a new record for sales in Australia after achieving a fifth consecutive year of sales growth in 2016.

Official figures released today confirm Lexus delivered more than 9,000 vehicles last year - the first time in the brand's history it has surpassed that milestone.

Australian motorists bought an unprecedented 9,028 Lexus vehicles, which represents an increase of 3.9 per cent on the previous record set in 2015.

Rising demand for the luxury brand's vehicles was focused on its NX, RX and LX Line SUVs and its premium CT 200h.

Lexus Australia chief executive Peter McGregor said the long-term success of Lexus was based on having in-demand vehicles and an unmatched dedication to customer service.

"Lexus has experienced remarkable growth over the past five years as we have worked with our national dealer network to expand our sales volume by more than 42 per cent," Mr McGregor said.

"In the past two years alone, deliveries of Lexus vehicles have risen by 29 per cent on the back of new or significantly upgraded luxury vehicles and continual reinvestment in what is acknowledged as the best customer care in the industry," he said.

"Over the same period, demand for our SUVs has been simply remarkable, more than doubling in the past two years on the back of the highly sought-after NX Line," he said.

"The recent introduction of the upgraded IS Line, plus the impending arrival of our exciting flagship LC coupe and the soon-to-be revealed LS sedan will help drive the next stage in the evolution of the Lexus brand."

In 2016, the strongest-selling individual model for Lexus was the NX Line, which achieved 3,308 sales - an increase of 13.2 per cent - on the back of rapidly growing market preference for flexible-use SUVs.

Both the RX and LX SUV Lines delivered higher proportional gains with demand for the RX rising 14.3 per cent to 1,912 vehicles while the LX advanced 47.7 per cent to 285 vehicles.

The hybrid CT 200h lifted sales by more than 25 per cent last year while the premium GS posted a gain of more than 40 per cent.