Ford Motor Company's U.
S. February sales grew 9 percent with 195,822 vehicles sold. This marks Ford's best February sales in six years – with cars up 6 percent, utilities up 21 percent and trucks up 4 percent.
"As more new vehicle buyers continue returning to the marketplace, our fresh new product portfolio of fuel-efficient vehicles is winning over customers," said Ken Czubay, Ford vice president, U.S. Marketing, Sales and Service. "People are buying our all-new Fusion and Escape in record numbers, thanks to strong fuel economy and innovative new technologies."
Ford Fusion posted record February sales totaling 27,875 vehicles. This is a 28 percent gain over last February's record.
Escape followed January's record sales with a new February sales record of 24,110 vehicles – a 29 percent increase over last year. Plus, Explorer boosted its sales 59 percent in February, with 16,586 vehicles sold – its best February sales results in seven years.
America's best-selling pickup, the Ford F-Series, sold 54,489 pickups in February, a 15 percent increase over last year. F-Series had its best February sales results since 2007. This marks F-Series' 19th consecutive month of monthly sales increases. Transit Connect also continues to strengthen, selling 3,610 vehicles in February – a 57 percent increase over last year.
Ford also announced its 2013 second-quarter North American production plan. The company plans to build 800,000 vehicles in the second quarter, up 9 percent (63,000 vehicles) from 2012's second quarter. First quarter production of 770,000 vehicles is unchanged from previous guidance.