Toyota Rebounds From Recall

U.S. Sales jump 35% in March

Toyota on Thursday reported a 35.3% jump in U.S. sales in March, rebounding from a series of mass safety recalls which have undermined the embattled Japanese automaker's reputation.

"Toyota's strong sales performance in March reflects our customers' continued confidence in the safety and reliability of our vehicles and their trust in the brand," said Don Esmond, senior vice president of automotive operations for Toyota Motor Sales USA.

"We are standing by our cars, and we're grateful that our customers are standing by Toyota."

Unlike most automakers, Toyota primarily reports its U.S. sales in percentages adjusted for the number of selling days.

Toyota's unadjusted sales grew 40.7% in March to 186,863. Its sales for the year-to-date were up an adjusted 8.7% at 385,686.

Copyright Agence France-Presse, 2010

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