Toyota succeeded in setting new records in key areas of its UK new car sales during 2022, despite supply issues that have impacted on the global motor industry.
End of year results showed group sales – Toyota and Lexus passenger cars and light commercial vehicles combined – placed Toyota third among OEMs in the UK, its highest placing yet, with a record 6.61 per cent market share.
Toyota passenger cars also commanded new record shares of both the retail and overall market, at 7.04 and 6.3 per cent respectively. Total Toyota and Lexus fleet sales also achieved a new high share of 6.08 per cent.
Alternative fuel vehicles – hybrid electric, plug-in hybrid electric, fuel cell electric and battery electric – accounted for 75 per cent of all new Toyota brand sales.
The year brought another corporate milestone with Toyota surpassing four million sales since its vehicles were first introduced in the UK in 1965.
Star performers for Toyota in 2022, registering their most successful annual sales volume yet, include RAV4 Plug-in, Yaris Cross and the Proace City compact van – both diesel and all-electric versions.
In the past year, Toyota delivered a series of all-new and updated models to media acclaim. These included the all-electric bZ4X SUV, short-listed for the European Car of the Year title, and GR86, a more powerful successor to the GT86 coupe which sold out its entire sales allocation within 90 minutes of order books opening.
The introduction of Aygo X demonstrated Toyota’s commitment to the A-segment for small city cars. It proved an instant success from its introduction early in the New Year, establishing itself as the fastest-selling model in its class and coming within just two units of taking the number one spot. Corolla Commercial, developed and built by Toyota in the UK, took to the road as Europe’s first self-charging hybrid electric van.
Inspired by Toyota Gazoo Racing’s competition success – a clean sweep of the World Endurance, Rally and Rally-Raid Championships in 2022 – further “GR Sport” versions were added to Toyota’s model ranges, notably Yaris, Yaris Cross and Hilux.
Looking to the year ahead, Toyota has already announced the launch of the new Corolla range, featuring more powerful and efficient fifth generation hybrid electric powertrains. The hybrid engines and the Corolla Hatchback and Touring Sports models are being manufactured in the UK at Toyota’s plants in Deeside, North Wales and Burnaston, Derbyshire, respectively.
Mark Roden, Toyota (GB) Operations Director, said: “Despite the supply issues which our entire industry has had to deal with, we continue to perform strongly thanks to the quality of our products, the introduction of competitive new models and the increasing appeal of our hybrid electric and plug-in hybrid technology as an affordable, accessible and practical way for people to help reduce overall carbon emissions. The great efforts invested by everyone at our retail partners across vehicle sales, repairs and servicing continues to foster valuable customer loyalty and attract new customers to our brand.
“This year we will be further strengthening our vehicle ranges, with more new model announcements to come, and ensuring that our sales platforms and mobility products meet the needs and preferences of today’s customers – both for retail and fleet/business users.”
2022 sales data
|Toyota passenger cars
|6.3% (new record)
|Toyota light commercials
|Total Toyota brand
|6.05% (new record)
|Lexus passenger cars
|Total Toyota group
|6.61% (new record)