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Ford Media Center
DEARBORN, Mich., April 1, 2015 – Ford Motor Company posted its best U.S. retail sales in nine years, driven by strong demand for its new products, including F-Series, Mustang and Transit.
Ford continues prioritizing retail sales to meet strong consumer demand, resulting in lower fleet and overall sales for the month. Ford’s March retail sales were up 1 percent, fleet sales were down 13 percent, and overall sales were 235,929 vehicles, down 3 percent.
Retail demand for F-Series was strong, with March retail sales up 10 percent. Kansas City Assembly is back up and building all-new regular cab and extended-box F-150 trucks to fill our upcoming commercial orders and further build on F-150 momentum this year.
“Our retail performance was driven by gains across our utility van and truck lineups with strong consumer acceptance of the all-new F-150.” said Mark LaNeve, Ford vice president, U.S. Marketing, Sales and Service. “We are especially pleased to post our best retail March sales performance in nine years, despite tight supply across our F-Series lineup.”
Transit, along with Transit Connect and E-Series provided a 42 percent increase in total Ford van sales with 20,821 vehicles sold in March. This is Ford’s best March commercial van sales performance since 1994, and its best first-quarter sales performance since 1995.
Explorer sales were up 17 percent, with sales of 20,765 vehicles in March. This marks the best March sales results for America’s top-selling midsize SUV since 2005.
Mustang sales of 12,663 cars increased 36 percent – representing the pony car’s best March performance since 2007 and further solidifying it as America’s best-selling sports car since launch of the all-new model last fall.
Lincoln retail sales rose 7 percent versus a year ago, as Lincoln MKC continues to build momentum for the luxury brand with sales topping 2,000 vehicles in March. Navigator also contributed to the gains, posting a 47 percent increase compared to a year ago.
Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) is a global company based in Dearborn, Michigan, committed to helping build a better world, where every person is free to move and pursue their dreams. The company’s Ford+ plan for growth and value creation combines existing strengths, new capabilities and always-on relationships with customers to enrich experiences for customers and deepen their loyalty. Ford develops and delivers innovative, must-have Ford trucks, sport utility vehicles, commercial vans and cars and Lincoln luxury vehicles, along with connected services. The company does that through three customer-centered business segments: Ford Blue, engineering iconic gas-powered and hybrid vehicles; Ford Model e, inventing breakthrough EVs along with embedded software that defines exceptional digital experiences for all customers; and Ford Pro, helping commercial customers transform and expand their businesses with vehicles and services tailored to their needs. Additionally, Ford provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. Ford employs about 177,000 people worldwide. More information about the company and its products and services is available at corporate.ford.com.