Ford reports 13 percent sales increase in August in the U.S. image

Ford Motor Company recorded a 13 percent increase in sales in August compared with the same month last year.

Ford’s retail sales grew 19 percent, with the best results being achieved by fuel-efficient cars, SUVs and trucks.

“Customers increasingly value savings at the pump, and Ford is answering the call with a full family of vehicles with leading fuel efficiency and the power to choose which vehicle best meets their needs,” said Ken Czubay, Ford vice president, U.S. Marketing, Sales and Service.

Demand for the new Escape SUV is so high that Ford had to add a third shift at the Louisville Assembly Plant in August. The Escape is the fastest-selling vehicle in all of Ford’s U.S. lineup. Ford sold 28,188 Escapes last month, accounting for an increase of 37 percent over August 2011.

The Explorer posted its best August sales results since 2006, with 13,168 units sold. Ford passenger car sales increased 7 percent in August, including 35 percent in retail sales. The Fusion sedan posted a sixth consecutive monthly sales record, with best-ever August sales totaling 21,690 vehicles, a 21 percent increase over last year. Focus sales reached 19,073 units, up 35 percent, while Mustang sales increased 12 percent to 6,387 units.

Truck sales increased 6 percent, with the F-Series totaling 58,201 units, up 19 percent over August 2011.