Toyota Camry: Leading Sales For Imported Vehicles

May 24, 2010
If you haven’t heard of the recent recall by Toyota due to its sticking gas pedal, some might question whether you live in a cave but what really shocks individuals is when they hear that South Korea’s top import in April, right in the middle of the recall, was the Toyota Camry.On April 7th, over 12,000 Camry’s were recalled in South Korea due to the floor mat sometimes pushing forward causing the gas pedal to stick. This came just after the U.S. slapped a $16 million fine on the automaker. Camry wasn’t the only vehicle affected by the gas pedal recall. The Camry Hybrid and the Lexus ES 350 were among the other vehicles recalled as well.

The Japanese automaker sold 467 Camry’s in Korea during April, leading its competitor, the Ford Taurus by a mere 11 cars. Next in line was the Mercedes-Benz E300, with a 200 car gap between it and the Ford Taurus, a quite dramatic gap most likely due to its price tag and car insurance quotes that go along with it.

Overall, the import industry in South Korea seems to be expanding in recent months. While in March, only 7,102 vehicles were purchased, in April, sales were up to approximately 7,200. That’s about a 1.5 percent increase in just one month, which is quite a jump, especially in a struggling economy. With the Toyota scare slowly being muffled by other issues in the auto industry, the Camry could quite possibly hold its position as the number one imported vehicle in South Korea.

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