– F-Series’ December sales were 84,657 — up 16 percent compared with a year ago. – Lincoln posts aboriginal agenda year sales access back 2000. – Volvo sets new agenda year sales record. – Ford’s all-embracing December sales were bottomward 4 percent as lower car sales account almanac barter sales; abounding year sales additionally off 4 percent. – Ford’s O’Connor: Convalescent margins in North America by absorption on retail business and affairs a richer artefact mix.
DEARBORN, Mich., Jan. 5 — Ford’s F-Series truck, America’s acknowledged agent for 22 years in a row and acknowledged barter for 27 years in a row, acquaint almanac December sales of 84,657, up 16 percent compared with a year ago. It was the fourth ages in a row F-Series accomplished a double-digit sales access — a band that coincided with the accession of the all-new F-150. For the abounding year, F-Series sales totaled 845,586. In December, F-150 was called Motor Trend magazine’s Barter of the Year. Yesterday, F-150 was called North American Barter of the Year at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
“Without a doubt, the barrage of the new F-150 has taken its abode amid the actual best in Ford’s continued history,” said Jim O’Connor, Ford accumulation president, North America Marketing, Sales and Service. “Bolstered by the aplomb and action created by the F-150, we’re accessible to barrage the abutting beachcomber of new products.”
Overall, U.S. barter purchased or busy 292,209 cars and trucks from Ford, Mercury, Lincoln, Jaguar, Volvo, and Land Rover dealers in December, bottomward 4 percent compared with a year ago. Almanac barter sales (up 2 percent) were account by lower car sales (down 16 percent).
For the abounding year, the company’s U.S. sales were 3.5 million, bottomward 4 percent compared with a year ago. College barter sales (up 1 percent) were account by lower car sales (down 12 percent).
“Although all-embracing sales were lower, we’re convalescent margins in North America by absorption on retail business and affairs a richer artefact mix,” said O’Connor. “We’ll abide with that action in 2004.”
In December, Lincoln sales were 14,889, up 9 percent compared with a year ago. For the abounding year, Lincoln sales were up 6 percent — the aboriginal sales access back 2000. Lincoln is benefiting from new articles in one of the industry’s fastest growing segments — the bazaar for exceptional action account vehicles. In December, the redesigned Navigator acquaint its accomplished sales ages in history (4,989) consistent in abounding year sales of 38,742, up 27 percent. The all-new, mid-size Aviator accomplished aboriginal year sales of 29,517. Lincoln dealers awash about alert as abounding SUVs in 2003 as the antecedent year.
Volvo additionally benefited from the accession of a new exceptional action account agent as it set a new agenda year sales record. Volvo’s abounding year sales totaled 134,586, up 22 percent. The award-winning XC90 action account agent accomplished its accomplished sales ages anytime (4,290) and became Volvo’s top-selling artefact in the U.S. in its aboriginal abounding year on sale.
Other 2003 Sales Highlights
Ford was America’s top-selling cast for the 17th year in a row with sales of 2.9 actor cars and trucks. In the 17-year aeon from 1987 to 2003, Ford dealers awash over 52 actor cars and trucks to U.S. customers, about 9 actor added than the abutting acknowledged brand. Ford has acknowledged articles in the afterward segments: full-size pickups (F-Series), bunched pickups (Ranger), action account cartage (Explorer), full-size vans (Econoline), and sports cars (Mustang). In addition, the Ford Escape was the acknowledged baby action account agent with almanac sales of 167,678, up 15 percent.
Mercury abounding year sales totaled 202,257, bottomward 23 percent for the year. Almanac sales for Mercury Mountaineer (49,692) and college sales for Grand Marquis were account by the appulse of discontinued articles (Villager and Cougar) and lower agile sales.
Jaguar and Land Rover abounding year sales were hardly lower than 2002 back anniversary cast appear almanac U.S. sales. Both Jaguar and Land Rover accomplished abundant improvements in their sales mix afterwards introducing all-new flagship products. Jaguar’s XJ auto acquaint a 22 percent access in abounding year sales afterward its mid-year accession and Land Rover’s Range Rover accomplished almanac sales of 12,086, up 41 percent.