Toyota dealers across the country are smiling des­pite the turmoil in the auto industry.

While dealers for some manufacturers are struggling because of a big sales slump and too many stores, Toyota retailers sold more autos than ever last year.

Toyota’s 239 dealers across the country sold an average of 875 cars and trucks in 2008, far more than any other company, statistics from DesRosiers Automotive Consultants showed yesterday.

It represented an 11 per cent increase for Toyota dealers from 2007 and a 68 per cent jump in average annual sales since 2000. The increase also marks the first time that an automaker has sold more than 800 vehicles per store in Canadian history. “The success of their product was a key part of reaching this level,” said DesRosiers president Dennis DesRos­iers.