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From Fiesta to F-Series, Consumers See Growing Value in Ford’s Fuel-Efficient Lineup; U.S. March Sales Up 19 Percent



  • Ford’s March sales totaled 212,777, up 19 percent versus a year ago
  • Fiesta sets U.S. record as monthly sales reach 9,787, up 56 percent versus February
  • Fusion and Escape also set monthly sales records, up 21 percent and 25 percent, respectively, versus a year ago
  • Explorer sales up 111 percent year over year
  • F-Series sales up 25 percent; new V6 engines account for 37 percent of 2011 F-150 retail sales

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DEARBORN, Mich., April 1, 2011 – Consumer demand for Ford’s fuel-efficient vehicles continues to grow as March sales increased 19 percent versus a year ago. Year-to-date, Ford sales totaled 496,720, up 16 percent.

“With gasoline prices eclipsing $3.50 a gallon, consumers are placing a high priority on fuel efficiency in every size and kind of vehicle,” said Ken Czubay, Ford vice president, U.S. Marketing, Sales and Service. “Customers are rewarding Ford for our investment in new products as well as more efficient engines and transmissions, which save them money at the pump whether they drive Fiestas or F-Series trucks.”

Ford offers 12 vehicles that lead their sales segments in fuel economy, including four vehicles with EPA certified 40 mpg or higher fuel economy ratings – a claim no other full-line automaker can match.

Cars
Ford’s new Fiesta set a record in March as monthly sales reached 9,787, up 56 percent from February. Fiesta’s retail share of its segment has increased every month since it was introduced last summer, and Los Angeles continues to be the No. 1 sales region for Fiesta.

Fusion also set a new record with sales of 27,566, up 21 percent versus a year ago.

The Ford Mustang (up 47 percent) and Lincoln MKZ (up 28 percent) also posted higher sales than a year ago. Sales of the MKZ Hybrid reached a record 615, accounting for 20 percent of MKZ retail sales.

Total Focus sales were lower than a year ago (down 12 percent) as the all-new model is just starting to arrive at Ford dealers, but the nameplate’s retail sales were up 16 percent.

Utilities
Sales of Ford’s utility vehicles were paced by the all-new Ford Explorer, which had its best sales month since June 2007. Explorer sales totaled 12,482, up 111 percent, making the new Explorer Ford’s fastest-turning vehicle in the showroom for a third straight month.

Explorer’s class-leading EPA estimated highway fuel economy of 25 mpg is attracting owners of other makes. Its current conquest rate is 43 percent.

The Escape set a new March sales record – and its second best month overall – with sales of 23,975, up 25 percent versus a year ago. Sales of the new Ford Edge (up 21 percent) and Lincoln MKX (up 12 percent) also were higher as were sales of the Ford Expedition (up 40 percent) and Lincoln Navigator (up 10 percent).

Trucks
Strong sales to commercial fleet customers as well as higher sales to retail customers powered Ford truck sales growth in March. Sales of Ford’s F-Series truck totaled 53,272, up 25 percent versus a year ago.

In January, Ford launched the 2011 F-150 with four all-new powertrains including two V6s – a 3.7-liter and a 3.5-liter EcoBoost. In March, V6-equipped F150s accounted for 37 percent of all 2011 F-150 retail sales.

“The No. 1 unmet need for full-size pickup truck owners has been fuel economy,” said Doug Scott, Truck Group marketing manager. “The good news is the 2011 Ford F-150 has best-in-class fuel economy, best-in-class capability and power, plus more powertrain choices to suit customers’ different needs.”

Ford’s commercial vehicles also posted strong year-to-year increases. Econoline sales totaled 11,827 (up 13 percent) and Transit Connect sales were 2,690 (up 47 percent).

Sales Summary
In March, total sales were 212,777, up 19 percent. Retail sales were up 14 percent and fleet sales were up 29 percent (commercial was up 50 percent, government was up 33 percent and daily rental was up 13 percent).

In the first quarter, total sales were 496,720, up 16 percent. Retail sales were up 20 percent and fleet sales were up 8 percent (commercial was up 34 percent, government was up 11 percent, and daily rental was down 8 percent).

Two independent market research studies cited the growing strength of the Ford brand in March. Ford was named the most considered auto brand among new-car shoppers in Kelley Blue Books’ Market Intelligence Brand Watch study, and Ford was named top full-line automotive brand in the 2011 Harris Poll EquiTrend study.

“Our newest products are helping Ford to connect with customers beyond our traditional geographic areas of strength,” said Czubay. “In the first quarter, our largest retail sales increases were on the west coast and in the northeast with major contributions from the Fiesta and Edge. We believe the new Focus and Explorer will help us to achieve further growth in these and other key markets as even more customers look for fuel-efficient, high-quality vehicles with technology they truly value.”
 

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Ford is number one in USA !!!!!! Sold more units than GM...... Congratulations Ford team.!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

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Excellent news for the MKZ Hybrid!

Glad to see sales picking up for it

Also nice to see MKS sales higher than last month. Still lagging but getting better.
 

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This month too much heroes:

1.- Fiesta: Honda Fit in the rearview??
2.- Fusion: Camry, wait for me there, at the top...
3.- Explorer: i'm the king of SUVs, and i want the crown back home...
4.- Mustang: Camaro, the party is over for you...
5.- Escape: old, but still popular...

This month no villains, really...

Amazing performance for Ford and Lincoln... I'm very happy...
 

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The Camaro still outsold the Mustang last month, but it was only by less than 400 units. Just a small correction.

However, there is very little bad on this report. Great for Ford.
 

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I wonder if my 2010 Fusion Sport contributed to that? I did get it new...
If you bought it new during March . . . yes it did. It is in there . . .

Congratulations on your purchase!!! Where are the pics?
 

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I'm happy for Ford. I miss Mercury. A few weeks ago, my wife had an accident with the '03 Taurus. Not her fault. Had the car taken into a Ford dealership bodyshop. We got a free rental, '08 Fusion SEL. It has more pep than my wife car. It looks better in every way. BUT, road noise. Have to turn up the radio just to hear it. Can't Ford build a midsize car that is quiet without stepping up to Lincoln. very dissappinted. I love my '97 Thunderbird even more now than ever. Its quieter than the Fusion. If I ever think of give up on my T-bird for a newer midsize car, forget it. I'll think twice now. Don't want the bigger Taurus, too expensive. I can see a Fusion 'S' having road noise, but the 'SEL' being more expensive, it should have more insulation.
 

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Explorer is going gangbusters, and if it keeps gaining, they will have to find somewhere else to make the Taurus/MKS replacements once they are on the stretched Fusion platform.
 

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And who was it that said the Fiesta was a flop? Not hardly.

http://www.gminsidenews.com/forums/f57/despite-all-marketing-fiesta-dud-97542/


Very solid month for FMC. F series outsells the GM twins again. Thats getting to be a nasty habit. I am very pleased with the results.

GM deserves props for the Cruze. Its selling very very well. Its a very solid contender imo.
The thing about the Fiesta (and all subcompacts), there sales are only going to be "good" when the fuel prices are high.
 
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