Ford Brands' Sales Up 13.6 Percent in June
Following a stagnant May sales month, Ford posted a big 13.6 percent year-over year sales gain for June, totaling 194,114, and year-to-date sales are up 12.4 percent on the heels of strong sales for new cars and SUVs. Overall, Ford sold 186,753 vehicles and Lincoln sold 7361 vehicles to bring the year-to-date total to 1.07 million vehicles with retail sales up 14 percent and fleets purchases up nine percent. Ford — Up 20.2 Percent With its small cars leading the way, the Fiesta subcompact and Focus posted a 66 percent increase over Ford's small cars last June. Coming to market during June 2010, the Fiesta subcompact recorded 5535 sales during its first full June while the recently redesigned Focus picked up a 41.2 percent year-over-year increase to 21,385 units for the month. The Ford Fusion also posted strong sales increases, up 13 percent in June to 20,808 and 18.4 percent year-to-date with 131,686 midsize sedans sold. Meanwhile, the Taurus picked up a modest one percent sales gain to 6674 cars, and the Mustang kept declining with a 1.5 percent drop to 8835 cars. The surprise winner, however, was the Crown Victoria, which is being snatched up by fleets in the wake of recent news that 2011 would be its last model year, picking up 76 percent to 5326 units for the month. While sales of Ford’s biggest SUV and crossover offerings -- the Flex and Expedition -- are nosediving, sales appear strong for the compact Escape SUV, which tallied a 43.3 percent lift in buyers to 22,274 for the month and the all-new Explorer, which had its sales rise 55.6 percent to 10,422 — up 106.6 percent on the year. Ford’s truck lineup also had a solid month with total sales up 9.1 percent. While every model recorded increases, the Transit Connect small van and Ranger compact pickup truck stood out with 2992 and 6488 sold, respectively. Those numbers represent a 40.1 boost for the Transit Connect and an 18.2 percent pickup for the Ranger, which is scheduled to be discontinued after the 2011 model year. Lincoln — Up 16.5 Percent Lincoln continues to have a distinct contrast in sales between its top sellers and its bottom dwellers. While the MKZ midsize recorded a significant 31.1 percent gain from June 2010 and the MKX crossover saw an even larger 35.6-percent upswing, the luxury brand saw few other big-sellers. The discontinued Town Car sedan declined just 3.1 percent to 979 units, but the MKT large crossover, the Town Car’s scheduled replacement, saw a far worse June, tumbling 24 percent to just 395 units sold. Source: Ford
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