U.S. Auto Sales: Ford Motor Company’s August Sales Up 11 Percent image

Ford’s sales increased 11% last month, riding the recent momentum of its long-struggling Lincoln brand, which improved 25%. August sales totaled 175,220 units.

“Ford’s fuel-efficient cars, crossovers and trucks continue winning over consumers in the marketplace,” Ken Czubay, Ford vice president for US sales, said in a statement.

Ford-brand passenger cars, like the Mustang, Fusion, and Fiesta, also fared well in August, with sales reaching 53.4 thousand, up 10% from August 2010.

Americans love their trucks, and Ford loves selling them, as pickups continued to take the largest share of sales with 67,282 units sold in August, up 5%. Ford sold 4.9% more Fusions, but 39% more Escapes.
Ford’s best-selling utility is the Escape, and it recorded sales of 20,607 vehicles, up 39 percent versus a year ago. Year-to-date, Escape sales totaled 167,625, up 30 percent.

Explorer sales totaled 9,901, up 300 percent versus a year ago, and Edge sales totaled 9,414, up 5 percent.

Ford also recently announced a partnership with ZipCar, the leading car-sharing service. The companies signed an agreement by which Ford will provide up to 650 vehicles this year, mainly Focuses and Escapes, to college campuses across the country for ZipCar to add to its fleet.