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DEARBORN, Mich., May 1, 2015 – Strong consumer demand for its new products drove Ford Motor Company to a 5 percent increase in total U.S. sales in April with 222,498 vehicles sold. Retail sales grew 7 percent, while fleet sales were up 1 percent. It was the company’s best April retail sales in nine years.
“Customer demand for our new vehicles continues to be strong, with the F-Series, Mustang, Transit van lineup and Edge driving retail gains in April,” said Mark LaNeve, Ford vice president, U.S. Marketing, Sales and Service. “Our SUVs are in particularly high demand, and the new F-150 is off to an outstanding start.”
Ford brand SUVs had a record-setting month – the company’s best April ever – with sales of 62,730 vehicles. This included record sales of the all-new Edge, up 78 percent, and Escape up 5 percent. Edge is now turning on dealer lots in just 10 days.
F-Series, America’s best-selling truck, posted an April retail sales gain of 8 percent – with the continued plant changeover to the new F-150 and limited supply. Kansas City Assembly, the second assembly plant building the popular new F-150, continues to ramp up production through the second quarter. Once the plant is fully online, Ford will be able to fill many fleet orders – especially the regular cab and long cargo box configurations popular with these customers.
In April, 2015 EcoBoost F-150 sales were a record 63 percent of all retail sales. Premium Lariat, King Ranch and Platinum models were 60 percent of retail sales.
Van sales of 19,575 vehicles represent a 16 percent increase versus last year, for the best April sales performance since 1987. Sales are being driven by the best performance for Transit since the vehicle’s launch last year, as well as record April sales of Transit Connect – up 8 percent.
Mustang sales increased 81 percent, with 13,144 vehicles sold. This represents Mustang’s best April sales since 2006.
Lincoln retail sales increased 25 percent, providing Lincoln with its best April retail results since 2008. Lincoln MKC continues to build momentum, along with Navigator, which posted a 36 percent sales increase.
Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) is a global company based in Dearborn, Michigan, that is 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 and deepen the loyalty of those customers. Ford develops and delivers innovative, must-have Ford trucks, sport utility vehicles, commercial vans and cars and Lincoln luxury vehicles, as well as connected services. Additionally, Ford is establishing leadership positions in mobility solutions, including self-driving technology, and provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. Ford employs about 176,000 people worldwide. More information about the company, its products and Ford Credit is available at corporate.ford.com.