Ford overall sales up 2 percent in the U.S. in September image

Ford passenger car sales in the United States rose 2 percent in September, with SUV sales up 9 percent and truck sales down 8 percent.

Sales of Focus, C-MAX and Fiesta totaled 24,628 units in September, representing the best September for small car sales in 10 years. Focus sales were up 91 percent, while the all-new C-MAX began sales last month.

“Fuel economy remains one of the most important features customers want most today, and Ford is answering the call with five vehicles that deliver 40 mpg or better – with another three on the way by year-end,” said Ken Czubay, Ford vice president of U.S. marketing, sales and service.

Ford SUVs enjoyed a good sales month, with the Escape having its best-ever September sales, with 23,148 vehicles sold, representing a 14 percent increase versus last year’s record sales. The compact SUV is set to surpass last year’s record sales of 254,293 vehicles for the full year.

Sales of Ford F-Series increased by 1 percent for a total of 55,077 units, for the 14th straight month of sales increases. However, total truck sales are down 8 percent because of the discontinuation of the Ranger model, despite of strong sales of F-Series, E-Series and Transit Connect.