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Ford Motor Company U.S. Sales Increase in Cars, Utilities, Trucks in February; Focus up 115 Percent

Thursday, March 1, 2012 9:30 AM


DEARBORN, Mich., March 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

  • Ford Motor Company U.S. sales increased 14 percent in February compared to February 2011 with 179,119 vehicles sold; retail sales increased 19 percent
  • Focus sales totaled 23,350 vehicles in February, representing its strongest February sales performance since 2000; Escape also set a best-ever February sales record
  • February F-Series sales totaled 47,273 pickups, up 26 percent. V6 engines comprised 57 percent of F-150 retail sales in February; EcoBoost accounted for 43 percent of mix
  • Ford announces second quarter North American production plan

Ford Motor Company posted a 14 percent increase in February U.S. sales versus year-ago levels, with 179,119 vehicles sold; retail sales increased 19 percent. The Ford brand was up 14 percent, while Lincoln posted a 16 percent increase versus year-ago levels.

"Sales momentum built as February unfolded, with higher fuel prices driving consumer demand for more fuel-efficient vehicles in the second half of the month," said Ken Czubay, Ford vice president, U.S. Marketing, Sales and Service. "Customers are recognizing Ford for investing in new cars, utilities and trucks with strong fuel economy, especially Focus, Escape and EcoBoost-powered vehicles."

Ford Motor Company's car sales were up 16 percent in February, with Focus contributing 40 percent to the company's total vehicle growth – more than any other vehicle. Utilities gained 5 percent, with Escape setting a best-ever February sales record with 18,666 vehicles sold. Escape has had two consecutive best-ever sales months in January and February – its strongest-ever start to a year.

America's top-selling vehicle for 30 years, the Ford F-Series posted a 26 percent increase, totaling 47,273 pickups.

Ford Motor Company's North American production plan is to build 730,000 vehicles in the second quarter of 2012, up 3 percent (20,000 vehicles) compared with the second quarter 2011. First quarter production (675,000 vehicles) is unchanged from the previous forecast.

About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company(NYSE: F), a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 164,000 employees and about 70 plants worldwide, the company's automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company.  For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit http://corporate.ford.com.

FORD MOTOR COMPANY FEBRUARY 2012 U.S. SALES



February

%

Year-To-Date

%


2012

2011

Change


2012

2011

Change

SALES BY BRAND







 Ford

172,207

150,678

14.3


303,796

272,189

11.6

 Lincoln

6,912

5,948

16.2


12,033

11,506

4.6

 Mercury

0

0

NA


0

248

NA

   Total Vehicles

179,119

156,626

14.4


315,829

283,943

11.2









SALES BY TYPE








 Cars

66,368

57,384

15.7


108,253

98,289

10.1

 Utilities

48,116

45,644

5.4


90,049

83,015

8.5

 Trucks

64,635

53,598

20.6


117,527

102,639

14.5

   Total Vehicles

179,119

156,626

14.4


315,829

283,943

11.2





FORD BRAND








Fiesta

5,518

6,270

-12.0


9,020

10,540

-14.4

Focus

23,350

10,879

114.6


37,750

19,893

89.8

Fusion

21,773

23,111

-5.8


35,387

37,457

-5.5

Taurus

4,329

5,620

-23.0


7,776

8,516

-8.7

Mustang

7,351

3,697

98.8


11,087

6,862

61.6

Crown Victoria

548

4,521

-87.9


1,191

8,444

-85.9

 Ford Cars

62,869

54,098

16.2


102,211

91,712

11.4









Escape

18,666

18,005

3.7


35,925

31,978

12.3

Edge

10,535

10,138

3.9


18,850

19,056

-1.1

Flex

2,012

2,352

-14.5


3,477

4,355

-20.2

Explorer

10,440

9,657

8.1


20,406

17,008

20.0

Expedition

3,050

2,830

7.8


5,400

5,441

-0.8

 Ford Utilities

44,703

42,982

4.0


84,058

77,838

8.0









F-Series

47,273

37,549

25.9


85,766

73,355

16.9

Ranger

4,482

3,780

18.6


9,525

6,628

43.7

Econoline/Club Wagon

10,100

9,723

3.9


16,886

17,702

-4.6

Transit Connect

2,305

2,152

7.1


4,459

4,224

5.6

Heavy Trucks

475

394

20.6


891

730

22.1

 Ford Trucks

64,635

53,598

20.6


117,527

102,639

14.5









 Ford Brand

172,207

150,678

14.3


303,796

272,189

11.6










































February

%

Year-To-Date

%


2012

2011

Change


2012

2011

Change

LINCOLN BRAND








MKZ

2,487

1,775

40.1


4,149

3,349

23.9

MKS

857

568

50.9


1,598

1,169

36.7

Town Car

155

943

-83.6


295

1,811

-83.7

MKX

2,168

1,636

32.5


3,818

3,182

20.0

MKT

421

412

2.2


700

802

-12.7

Navigator

824

614

34.2


1,473

1,193

23.5









 Lincoln Brand

6,912

5,948

16.2


12,033

11,506

4.6









MERCURY BRAND








Milan

0

0

NA


0

0

NA

Grand Marquis

0

0

NA


0

248

NA

Sable

0

0

NA


0

0

NA

Mariner

0

0

NA


0

0

NA

Mountaineer

0

0

NA


0

0

NA









 Mercury Brand

0

0

NA


0

248

-100.0



SOURCE Ford Motor Company

(Source: PR Newswire )
(Source: Quotemedia)

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