Lexus continued growing at a steady pace in Europe in the first half of 2019. In a slightly decreasing premium market (-2%), Lexus sales have increased by 5% to reach 40,450 units. Significant growth was recorded in several key markets, such as Italy (+51%), Germany (+33%), Spain (+19%), Poland (+13%), France (+12%) and the UK (+8%).
This sales growth is driven by the launch of two brand new models: the UX compact crossover and the ES luxury sedan. After just 5 months of sales, the UX already achieved 8,532 sales, confirming positive market response to Lexus’ first entry in the fast growing premium compact crossover segment.
The strongest sales increase is achieved by ES (+387%, reaching 3,012 units), following market introduction of the new generation model in the whole of Europe(2) at the end of 2018.
With 28,006 self-charging hybrid vehicles sold in Europe in the first half of 2019 (+17% vs. Jan-Jun 2018), Lexus is a leading player in electrification. Self-charging hybrids represent 95% of Lexus sales in Western and Central Europe.
Lexus’ mid-size SUV, the NX, remains the brand’s best seller in Europe with 11,699 units. RX sales reached 8,382 units.
(1) Lexus Europe sales include the European Union countries, Norway, Iceland and Switzerland, as well as the following Eastern markets: Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Caucasus region, Turkey and Israel.
(2) The previous generation ES was only sold in Russia and other Eastern markets.