Toyota Motor Corp. (NYSE: TM) had a lackluster 2017, with overall North American sales down 0.6 percent from the previous year.
That slide might have been worse if not for a modest gain in sales of its Tundra and Tacoma pickup trucks, which are produced at the Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas Inc. plant in south San Antonio.
Toyota, which has its North American headquarters in Plano, sold more than 198,000 Tacoma trucks in North America in 2017. That’s a 3.4-percent increase over the previous year. The full-year figure was helped in part by a nearly 7-percent bump in Tacoma sales in December.
Sales of Toyota’s full-size Tundra trucks were less impressive, but still an improvement over the 2016 total.
Toyota sold 116,285 Tundra trucks in North America in 2017. That’s a 0.7-percent increase over the 2016 figure. The gain might have been more impressive if not for a weak finish as Toyota saw December Tundra sales fall nearly 6 percent.
Overall, Toyota sold 222,985 vehicles in the U.S. in December.
The automaker moved more than 2.4 million cars, trucks and sport utility vehicles off of dealer lots last year.