Ford reported sales up 14% in May and retails were up 17%, accounting for the best May retail sales since 2005.
Car sales increased 9%, utilities were up 15% and trucks jumped 18%. The model which played an important role in this increase was the Fusion, which reached its best-ever May sales, with 29,553 units sold, mostly in the western and southeastern areas of the US. But the fuel-efficient Escape SUV also hit its best-ever month since it hit the market 13 years ago. The model sold 29,123 units, up 26%.
“Our fuel-efficient Fusion and Escape have set monthly sales records for four straight months,” said Ken Czubay, Ford vice president, U.S. Marketing, Sales and Service. “F-Series sales – fueled by construction growth and pent-up demand – reached their highest level in more than six years.”
The F-Series, which is America’s best-selling pickup, also had its best May since 2005 and its 22nd consecutive month of increase, with 71,604 units sold, up 31%. The automaker also announced it plans to manufacture 740,000 vehicles during the third quarter, an increase of 10% from the 673,000 vehicles built during the same period last year.