Ford’s U.S. Auto Sales up 5% in March image

Ford Motor Co. says its U.S. sales rose 5 percent last month on strong demand for the Focus small car and Ford Edge – the company’s best March in five years.

Total company sales totaled 223,418 vehicles for March, a 5 percent gain over year-ago levels. Retail sales increased 11 percent for the month.

For the first quarter, Ford Motor Company’s sales were up 9 percent versus year-ago levels, totaling 539,247 vehicles sold.

Ford’s March sales highlights:

• Fusion set an all-time monthly sales record, with 28,562 vehicles sold.
• Focus delivered its best March sales performance ever, selling 28,293 cars.
• F-Series sold 58,061 for the month – a 9 percent increase versus last March and F-Series’ best March sales performance since 2007. EcoBoost accounted for 41 percent of the F-150 retail sales, with all V6 engines comprising 56 percent for the month.
• The Ford Edge had it best March sales month ever, with 14,058 vehicles sold.
• Ford began selling its Police Interceptor Sedans and Utilities at the end of March.

Other major automakers will report March sales later on Tuesday, and most expect significant sales gains.