DEARBORN - With more than 2.4 million vehicles sold, Ford expects to retain its title as best-selling vehicle brand in North America in 2013, and has widened its lead over Toyota.
“The great news is that we are not overly reliant on any one segment – we’re seeing double-digit sales growth in cars, trucks and utilities,” said John Felice, vice president, U.S. marketing, sales and service. “The Ford brand has had more retail share growth than any other brand in the country, with our most significant gains coming from import-dominated coastal markets. With 16 launches next year, we’re looking to keep our sales momentum going.”
For the full year in 2012, the Ford brand lead over Toyota totaled 329,677 vehicles. While December sales are not finalized, Ford expects that number to grow substantially. Through November, Ford’s lead over Toyota has widened to 396,041 vehicles.
Ford brand retail sales are up 15 percent through November of this year, compared to 12 percent for the brand overall. The strongest retail sales growth is coming from the traditionally import-dominated western and southeastern regions of the country. Ford retail sales are up 23 percent in the West, while Southeast region sales are up 18 percent.
Ford brand retail sales are expected to surpass 1.7 million vehicles in 2013, which makes this the company’s best retail sales performance in six years. Passenger car retail sales will surpass 600,000 vehicles – the highest volume since 2000.
Growth in all segments
Ford Fiesta set a new sales record in 2013, with a projected 70,000-plus vehicles sold, while Ford Fusion had its best year ever, with sales expected to exceed 290,000 vehicles.
Ford is the best-selling utility brand for the third straight year, outselling the second-place brand by more than 30 percent. Sales of Ford utility vehicles are up 10.3 percent, to 621,652 units. Ford Escape leads this increase; Escape is projected to sell more than 300,000 units – its best-ever year since launching in 1999. Ford Explorer is up about 15 percent, and is expected to be the best-selling midsize utility vehicle in the United States for 2013. This will be the best year for Ford utility vehicle sales since 2004.
Ford brand hybrid vehicle sales are expected to exceed 80,000 vehicles this year, nearly triple the total in 2012, making 2013 the company’s best-ever hybrid vehicle sales year. The all-new Ford C-MAX hybrid lineup is drawing nearly half of its customers from import brands.
An improved U.S. economy and an increase in home construction starts have helped boost Ford F-Series pickup to another sales crown as the nation’s best-selling truck for 37 straight years. With 688,810 sales through November, F-Series will be the overall best-selling vehicle in America for the 32nd year.