European sales of Lexus have been severely affected since the start of the war in Ukraine.
The Japanese carmaker sold a total of 72,441 cars across Europe last year. Of these, 19,638 were sold in Russia and 1,881 were recorded in Ukraine. Since the invasion of Ukraine, Lexus has stopped importing vehicles into Russia.
Only 1,738 new Lexus cars were sold in Russia from the beginning of the year to April. This represents a 76 percent decrease over the previous year.
Read more: Lexus Electrified Sport Concept for Euro Debut at Speedy Goodwood Festival
Talking to Auto NewsSpiros Fortinos, head of Lexus Europe, confirmed that the vehicles sold in Russia were imported before the ban began this year.
“As the sanctions move forward, we have stopped deliveries, so we can rely on products that were already in Russia this year,” he confirmed.
Due to declining sales across Russia and Ukraine, the carmaker expects to sell around 50,000 cars across the European region this year. Fortinos is confident that the new Lexus RX, launched in Europe later this year, will help boost sales. About 87 percent of Lexus sales in Europe are for SUVs, and the brand’s range will be further strengthened by the arrival of the All-Electric RZ next year.
While Lexus is facing sales problems in Europe, its parent company Toyota recently revealed that they built 3,474,706 cars in the first four months of the year, meaning it is on track to sell 10.4 million cars this year.