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Ford Motor Co., in Friday said its U.S. vehicle sales topped 2 million for the first time since 2007, implying a 15 percent share in the second biggest auto market in the world.

“Ford’s lineup of high-quality, fuel-efficient cars, utilities and trucks continues to attract more and more new customers,” said Erich Merkle, Ford’s sales analysis manager.
“With gasoline prices tracking higher than last year, customers continue to move toward smaller, more fuel-efficient vehicles, whether they are passenger cars or utilities.”

According to the blue oval, small cars sales are on pace to post an increase of more than 20 percent in 2011, while its utility vehicles are tracking a 30 percent gain.

A separate report says U.S. auto sales probably will rise by 1.2 million for 2011 to hit 12.8 million. That would make it the best year since 2008.

December sales, expected to be up 8.1 percent from December 2010, will add to the year-to-year gains, the Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday.

The company sold slightly more than 1.9 million cars in 2010 in the United States.

Ford operates about 70 plants worldwide and has about 166,000 employees.