Following the best-ever first quarter sales in its history, Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U..S.A., Inc., on May 1 reported best-ever April sales of 141,058 vehicles, an increase of 6.7 percent over last year's record-setting month, and the company's fifth consecutive best-ever April. "The economy continues to chug along at a moderate pace, driven by surprisingly strong consumer spending." said Jim Press, TMS executive vice president and C00. "Although industry sales have slowed overall, key segments remain strong." The record-setting month was led by a balanced attack, achieving best-ever April sales in both light truck and passenger car segments with increases of 16.5 and 0.3 percent, respectively. Both TMS sales divisions recorded best-ever April sales. The Toyota Division reported record-breaking sales of 122,254, an increase of 5.0 percent. The Lexus Division enjoyed its best-ever April with sales of 18,804 vehicles,an increase of 19.3 percent. Toyota Division light trucks posted best-ever April sales of 54,708, an increase of 25.1 percent. The sales charge was led by the redesigned RAV4 compact sport utility vehicle (SUV) with best-ever April sales of 7.075 units sold, up 95.6 percent. Two all-new vehicles, the Highlander midsize SUV and Sequoia full-size SUV continued to post strong sales with 6,847 and 5,417 units sold, respectively. The Tacoma compact pickup also enjoyed a strong April with 12,553 sales, an increase of 5.6 percent over the same period last year. Toyota Division passenger car sales were led by Camry with April sales of 34,080, an increase of 3.2 percent. The continued popularity of the Prius gas/electric hybrid sedan generated 872 sales. The Lexus Division's record-breaking sales month was paced by best-ever April passenger car sales of 12,162 units, up 78.5 percent. The sales charge was led by the redesigned LS 430 luxury sedan with 2,744 units sold, an increase of 200.9 percent. The all-new SC 430 hardtop convertible contributed 1,671 sales. The all-new IS 300 sport sedan posted steady sales of 2,506 units. Sales of North American-built vehicles accounted for 62.1 percent of Toyota's total April sales, according to company officials.