Ford reports 4.7% rise in Western European sales in October image

Ford Motor Company today announced increased sales and market share in Europe in October, thanks to strong performance in big markets such as the United Kingdom and Germany. Ford recorded growth in 15 of the 19 traditional Western European markets, moving 95,800 units (+4.7 percent compared to October 2010) and gaining 0.5% in market share, for a total of 8.1 percent.

Across its total 51 European markets, Ford sales grew 5.2 percent, to 123,300 units. In the first ten months of 2011, Ford’s sales on the same markets accounted for 1,327,300 units, 2.9 percent more than in the similar period in 2010.

Ford enjoyed best results in the UK, where the carmaker sold 23,500 units in October alone, an 8 percent gain over October 2010. The second largest European market was Germany, with 22,700 units (+6.7%), while Russia came in third, with 11,400 units and a whopping increase of 28.8 percent from a year ago.

Ford remains the best sold brand in the UK in October and is a market leader year-to-date in the UK, Ireland, Hungary and Turkey. Ford also remained the top imported brand both for the month and year-to-date in Italy. The carmaker gained the highest market share in Ireland (up 3.8% to 12%), the Netherlands (up 2% to 8.3%) and Switzerland (up 1.9% to 6.6%).