Ford reports increased sales in the UK in the first half of 2012, extending its UK market leadership.
From January to June, Ford’s sales were up 3.6%, to 149,681 units and the car market as a whole increased with 2.7%. According to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) Ford’s sales in June were down 4.1% to 23,466 units compared to 24,461 units in June 2011. In the first half of 2012 total sales in the UK reached 1,057,680, up 2.7% from 2011.
Ford’s strong sales through 2012 were underlined by the Ford Fiesta, currently no.1 in the UK market in June, with 59,570 units sold. The Ford C-MAX, the Ford Mondeo and the Ford Galaxy also secured an increase in June. In June Ford’s sales of light commercial and medium commercial vehicles increased 4.0% to 6,362 units, from 6,118 in June 2011.
“Our best-ever product range is a key contributor to our strengthened leadership position and with the new 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine in Focus and the new Focus ST now launched to considerable media and customer acclaim, we are keenly anticipating the new Ford B-MAX and the new Ford Transit, due later this year,” said Mark Ovenden, Ford of Britain managing director.