Ford Motor Company said it sold 191,982 new vehicles during the month of October, an increase of 14 percent compared to the same period in 2012.
The Dearborn based automaker said retail sales were up 15 percent last month (142,487 vehicles), the best October since 2004, even if the U.S. government was shut down for 16 days.
Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters, on average, expected 194,301.
“October was simply an outstanding retail performance, as consumers continued to choose Ford for great fuel efficiency, styling and value at all levels of the market,” said John Felice, vice president, U.S. marketing, sales and service.
Truck sales for the month grew 13.8 percent to 77,198 vehicles, car sales increased 18.7 percent y-o-y to 60,488 units from 50,960 and utilities rose 9.3 percent to 54,299 units as compared to a year earlier.
The Fusion model sales jumped more than 70 percent to 21,740 units while the Lincoln MKZ saw an increase of 80.2 percent to 2,909 units.
The U.S. automaker sold 1,704 Ford Police Interceptor Utility vehicles last month.
Overall U.S. car sales are forecast to climb to 15.4 million in October from 15.2 million in September, according to a MarketWatch poll.
Other automakers including General Motors and Toyota are expected to report sales throughout today. Chrysler earlier announced that it sold 140,083 new vehicles in the United States during the month of October, an increase of 11 percent compared to October 2012.