Ford reports best December U.S. sales since 2006, tops 2 million sales in 2012 image

Ford Motor Company’s U.S. sales have grown overall to 2,168,015 vehicles in 2012, with the Blue Oval being the only brand to top 2 million U.S. sales last year.

Ford passenger car sales rose 5 percent, utilities up 7 percent and trucks up 2 percent for the year. “Ford’s fuel-efficient cars and hybrid vehicles showed the most dramatic growth for the year, and we achieved our best year for commercial vehicle sales since 2008,” said Ken Czubay, Ford vice president, U.S. Marketing, Sales and Service.

Sales of Ford’s small cars were up 29 percent in 2012, with 316,006 vehicles sold, and overall car sales were up 5 percent in 2012, with 760,646 sold. Focus sales gained 40 percent during the year, while the all-new C-MAX achieved 13,309 sales in its first four months on the market, making it the fastest sales start of any hybrid vehicle in the industry.

Once again Ford became America’s best-selling brand of utility vehicles in 2012, with 619,470 vehicles sold. Escape broke its 2011 record sales levels with 261,008 vehicles sold, up 3 percent, while Explorer gained 17 percent for the year, with 158,344 vehicles sold.

Ford’s F-Series was America’s best-selling pickup for the 36th straight year and 31 consecutive years as America’s best-selling vehicle. Overall, 645,316 F-Series were sold, a 10 percent increase versus 2011. Total Ford brand truck sales – including Transit Connect and E-Series – were up 2 percent for the year at 829,477 vehicles sold.

Last month, Ford delivered its best December sales results since 2006, with 214,222 vehicles sold – a 2 percent increase.