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Toyota sales in December rose to 187,860 from 141,949 a year earlier. For all of 2009, sales fell to 1.8 million from 2.2 million in 2008. Lexus sales were down 17 percent for the year.
Honda sold 1.15 million vehicles in 2009, down from 1.42 in 2008.
For Detroit, the numbers were worse. General Motors sales were down 30 percent for the year. Ford was off 15 percent. Chrysler sales plunged 36 percent and the company sold fewer than 1 million vehicles for the first time since 1962.
Subaru, Kia and Hyundai were the only automakers to report sales gains in 2009. Each set new sales records.