Ford-brand auto sales pass 2 million for first time since 2007
With strong year-over-year gains recently from models such as the Ranger, the Explorer and the Escape, Ford’s namesake brand is set to finish 2011 in prerecession style.
The Dearborn, Mich.-based automaker, the second-largest in the U.S., said that sales of small Ford-brand cars such as the Fiesta and Fusion are on track to finish up 20%. Light trucks may see a 30% gain.
Last month, 160,560 Ford-brand autos were sold –- a more-than-20% increase compared with the same month in 2010. As of the end of November, the company reported sales of more than 1.86 million Ford-brand vehicles.
Recently, the automaker said its retail market share has averaged about 15% -- its highest in five years. Ford also owns the Lincoln and Mercury brands.
-- Tiffany Hsu
Photo: A 2012 Ford Focus SEL Sedan, left, and a 2012 Ford Fiesta SE. Credit: Wilfredo Lee / Associated Press