US: Ford sales up 9 percent in July image

  • Ford’s July sales totaled 180,865, up 9 percent versus a year ago

Ford Motor Co. on Tuesday announced July sales totaled 180,865, up 9 percent versus a year ago. Ford brand auto sales were up 13 percent while Lincoln sales were 40 percent up.

“We are encouraged to see the stronger pace of auto sales, along with continued customer demand for our fuel-efficient cars, utilities and trucks,” said Ken Czubay, the company’s vice president for U.S. marketing, sales and service, in the sales report.

Fiesta sales totaled 5,296, up 58 percent, and Fusion sales were 19,318 – a record for the month of July. Ford’s other small car, the Focus, saw a 3% drop in sales because Ford is having a manufacturing problem: a shortage of dashboard parts.

“Fiesta, Focus and Fusion have put Ford back in the car business,” Ford marketing executive Ken Czubay said.

Moving to utilities vehicles, Ford’s best-selling utility is the Escape, which set an all-time monthly sales record of 24,411 models. Year-to-date, Escape sales totaled 147,018, up 29 percent.
Explorer sales totaled 9,897, up 108 percent versus a year ago, and Edge set a July record with sales totaling 9,731 models, up 4 percent.
Lincoln : Up 40 Percent
Ford’s premium brand, Lincoln posted a 40 percent sales increase in July. The MKZ sedan is Lincoln’s top seller with July sales of 2,869, up 80 percent. Sales for the MKX crossover totaled 1,915, up 33 percent. Sales for the MKS sedan and Navigator SUV also were higher.