Toyota Motor Corp.
's Lexus, the top- selling luxury-auto brand in the U.S. for 11 years through 2010, posted a 23 percent increase in August for its first monthly win in a year.
Deliveries rose to 29,792, Toyota said today in a statement. Lexus beat out Daimler AG's Mercedes-Benz and BMW to claim the monthly crown for the first time since August 2012 and just the second time since the end of 2010.
Sales surged 87 percent for Lexus's new IS sedan and 32 percent for its RX SUV. For the year, the Toyota brand still trails BMW, the annual leader for the past two years, and Mercedes. Lexus lost the full-year title when natural disasters in Asia curtailed its production in 2011.