COLOGNE, Germany – Strong sales for Ford in the UK and in Russia in September helped to stabilise Ford’s sales despite the continuing market weakness in many of Ford’s traditional Western European markets.
Ford’s sales in the UK were up 7 per cent in September and 2 per cent year-to-date, extending the company’s market leadership. In Russia, sales were up 2.4 per cent in September and 16.5 per cent year-to-date for Ford, making it the third largest sales market for Ford behind the UK and Germany.
In its traditional 19 European markets (excluding Russia), Ford remained the No. 2 best-selling vehicle brand for both September and year-to-date, although sales were down in an industry that was at its lowest level since 1998.
Ford’s market share in these markets in September was 8.7 per cent, down 0.3 percentage points from September 2011, Through September, Ford’s share was 8.0 per cent, down 0.4 percentage points on the same period 2011.
“We are pleased with our strong performance in key markets such as the UK and in the Russian growth market which helped to stabilise our sales in what continues to be a very difficult European market environment”, said Roelant de Waard, vice president, Marketing, Sales and Service, Ford of Europe.
“Our share decline does not come as a surprise given we decided to continue to stay out of unsustainable short-cycle business as much as we can. We expect to benefit from an unprecedented rollout of new cars, sports utility vehicles and commercial vehicles with award winning technologies as we move forward.
“One-in-three Focus customers is currently opting for the 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine, the International Engine of the Year, which is a great result – especially as we introduce the engine on more models, including the B-MAX and C-MAX.”
In the first nine months of this year, Ford’s total vehicle sales in the UK were 276,500, an increase of two percent and again outpacing the market. The UK was again Ford’s largest European market by volume and clear market leader, with a Ford market share of 15.0 percent.
Ford sales in Russia and Eastern Europe were also up year-to-date through September. In Russia, Ford sales grew 16.5 per cent to 95,900, up 13,600 units - the highest volume gain for any market for Ford in Europe in the nine months of the year, while share increased by 0.1 percentage points to 4.3 per cent. In Eastern Europe, Ford’s sales rose by 5.5 per cent to 36,400 units year-to-date.
In Germany, Ford’s second largest market by volume, sales were 17,700 in September and 177,000 year-to-date, a reduction of 5,300 and 17,800 units versus last year. Year-to-date, Ford’s share in Germany was 6.8 per cent, 0.5 percentage points lower than in the same period 2011.
Overall, in its 51 European markets, Ford registered 1,077,900 new Ford vehicles, a reduction of 10.5 per cent compared to the first nine months of 2011.