Ford Drives to Best Sales Year Since 2006
Despite ongoing concerns about the sluggish economy last year, Ford Motor Co. (NYSE:F) delivered its best sales performance in seven years. Several models drove to new annual sales records, while the time-tested F-Series remained the best-selling truck on the market.
In December, Ford’s total sales increased 2 percent year-over-year to reach 218,058 vehicles, slightly below estimates. However, it was the best December for the automaker’s retail sales since 2005. Retail sales for the Ford brand jumped 14 percent in 2013, with cars up 12 percent, utilities up 13 percent, and trucks up 17 percent. Ford is the best-selling brand for the fourth consecutive year.
“December was a strong close to an even better year for Ford Motor Company,” John Felice, Ford’s vice president of U.S. marketing, sales, and service, said in a press release. “We saw strong growth across the entire Ford lineup and made significant gains in the import-dominated coastal markets. Strong demand for our new cars, utilities, hybrids and trucks provided Ford with the largest share point gain of any full-line automaker in 2013.”