|October 01, 201410:00 AM EDT||
Erich Merkle, U.S. Sales Analyst; John Felice, Vice President, U.S. Marketing, Sales and Service; Emily Kolinski Morris, Senior U.S. Economist
DEARBORN, Mich., Oct. 1, 2014 – Ford Motor Company U.S. sales totaled 180,175 vehicles in September, down 3 percent from a year ago. Retail sales of 137,297 vehicles increased 2 percent.
Ford’s overall sales continue to be tempered by managed F-Series volumes and planned reductions in 2014 daily rental volumes. In September, daily rental sales were down 40 percent. Overall fleet sales of 42,878 vehicles declined 14 percent.
Fusion’s best-ever August sales totaled 29,452 vehicles – an increase of 19 percent. Retail sales for the month were up 23 percent. Fusion posted retail sales gains in every region, with the car’s largest increase coming from the West – up 27 percent.
Escape sales of 28,996 vehicles were up 9 percent, while retail sales of Escape were up 23 percent. This provides Escape with record August sales for both total and retail sales.
Explorer sales surged 25 percent for the best August since 2004, with 17,748 vehicles sold. Explorer is on pace to be America’s best-selling midsize utility for a fourth straight year.
“Fusion is selling strong, with five straight months of record performance and California driving more than 20 percent of our retail growth this year – more than any other state,” said John Felice, Ford vice president, U.S. Marketing, Sales and Service. “Lincoln produced its best sales results in seven years with the recent introduction of our all-new Lincoln MKC.”
Fusion’s September sales totaled 21,693 vehicles – an increase of 9 percent and the car’s best September sales performance since launch in 2005. Retail sales increased 11 percent for the month, with some of the strongest increases coming from Houston and San Francisco – up 38 percent and 32 percent, respectively.
Ford Explorer, America’s best-selling midsize utility, saw 13,770 total sales for the month – a 1 percent increase and the vehicle’s best September performance since 2006. Transit Connect sales increased 30 percent, marking a record September result with 4,132 vehicles sold.
Lincoln MKC sales continue to increase, as Lincoln sales of 7,257 vehicles saw a 12 percent gain, providing the brand with its best September sales since 2010.