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Ford's F-Series Sets Modern Day Vehicle Sales Record of 126,905; Ford Motor Company's July Sales Up 29 Percent
Tuesday August 2, 12:00 pm ET
* F-Series sales climb 58 percent to 126,905 - the highest monthly sales for any vehicle in modern day U.S. automotive history.
* Overall, Ford Motor Company's U.S. sales totaled 366,548 - a new July sales record. Total sales up 29 percent compared with a year ago (retail sales up 39 percent).
* Car sales up 16 percent paced by record Ford Five Hundred and Mercury Montego sales; Ford Mustang (up 28 percent) and Ford Focus (up 37 percent) also post strong July sales.
* Trucks sales up 34 percent on record F-Series and sport utility sales.


DEARBORN, Mich., Aug. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Ford (NYSE: F - News) dealers delivered 126,905 F-Series trucks to U.S. customers in July -- the highest monthly sales for any vehicle in modern day U.S. automotive history. It is believed to be the highest monthly sales for any vehicle since Ford's Model T cruised America's roads in the 1920s.
"Our dealers leveraged the best truck in America and the Ford Family Plan to deliver an outstanding result," said Steve Lyons, Ford group vice president, North America Marketing, Sales and Service.

F-Series record-breaking sales helped Ford Motor Company set a July sales record and post its second monthly sales increase in a row. Ford's U.S. sales totaled 366,548 in July, up 29 percent compared with a year ago. Sales to retail customers were up 39 percent, while sales to fleet customers were down 20 percent.

Within the total, car sales were up 16 percent (up 31 percent at retail) and truck sales were up 34 percent (up 41 percent at retail).

"We're pleased with the balanced results achieved with the Ford and Lincoln Mercury Family Plans," noted Lyons. "On the car side, we continue to benefit from the new products we introduced late last year. We expect to build on this momentum when the new Ford Fusion, Mercury Milan, and Lincoln Zephyr debut this fall and we're optimistic we can achieve an increase in car sales for the first time since 1999."

Each of the company's new full-size sedans, the Ford Five Hundred and the Mercury Montego, posted their highest sales to date. Five Hundred sales were 13,555 and Montego sales were 4,014. Combined sales for all of the products produced at Ford's Chicago Assembly Plant (including the Ford Freestyle crossover utility) were 27,506 -- well above the previous best sales month of 18,077.

Despite limited availability, Ford Mustang continued to set a fast pace as sales increased 28 percent. Ford Focus sales were 24,311, up 37 percent.

The company's dealers sold a record number of sport utility vehicles in July (103,376). The company continued to see higher sales among crossover utility vehicles. Combined sales for the Ford Freestyle, Ford Escape, Mercury Mariner, and Volvo's XC70 and XC90 were 38,601, up 99 percent compared with a year ago. The Ford Freestyle (9,937) and Mercury Mariner (5,662) each set new monthly sales records and the Ford Escape set a July sales record (18,245).

Combined sales for traditional sport utility vehicles were up 8 percent compared with a year ago, including a July record for Land Rover of 5,080, up 103 percent. Land Rover introduced the all-new Range Rover Sport in July. Sales of both the Ford Explorer and Ford Expedition were up 4 percent. Production of the redesigned 2006 model Explorer and Mercury Mountaineer began July 19 at Ford's Louisville Assembly Plant. Production of these models will begin at Ford's St. Louis Assembly Plant on August 15.

All three of Ford's domestic brands posted higher sales in July. Ford Division's sales of 310,757 were a record for the month and up 33 percent compared with a year ago. Mercury sales were up 23 percent. The Lincoln Mark LT full-size truck achieved its highest sales month ever, lifting Lincoln sales higher than a year ago.


here is the link for the sales numbers breakdown

http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/050802/detu011.html?.v=19
 

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Question now is will Ford be able to continue a strong sales trend in the future?

I just have to wonder if Ford will have suitable replacements for the Freestyle. Both in Canada and US it seems the vehicle is gradually gaining sales. My fear is they pull a GM and yank a good product just when it reaches mainstream.

Ah well...gimme my keys to a new Fusion
 

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the emplyee discount shows peopel will not buy american cars unless they are significantly less then an Import
$500 to 1000 less and more options aint cutting it.
 

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The big question is...did Ford sell more F-series trucks in July than Chevy sold Silverado's. In June, Chevy outsold Ford for the first time in like 4 years.

I guess these employee pricing programs prove that people will buy anything if its cheap enough. I guess that is one of the only ways domestic manufactures can remain competitive now.
 

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There are more questions than answers. Almost all new car operations are loosing money (at the dealer level) and in our case we are completely out of 05 Explorers and Expeditions.

If you want folks that know thier stuff, cant live on 100$ a car
 

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the emplyee discount shows peopel will not buy american cars unless they are significantly less then an Import
$500 to 1000 less and more options aint cutting it.
I think what people want is a no-haggle pricing... No one turned away from a car for $500-1000, if they liked it better then the equivalent competition.
 

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There are more questions than answers. Almost all new car operations are loosing money (at the dealer level) and in our case we are completely out of 05 Explorers and Expeditions.

If you want folks that know thier stuff, cant live on 100$ a car
Yeah hate to break it to everyone but Fords Sales are up because they have the Ford Family Plan running right now. We are out of Explorers and Expeditions in 05 as well here. But what this does is lose future sales.

Yes we are selling cars but once it ends. People will stop buying the cars and Inventory will build up again and people wont buy because they know the Car Company is gonna have to run its sale again.
 

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These family plans/employee plans tell me that a bunch of others must feel like I have for a long time.

When you price the american brands close to what they are actually worth, people will buy them.
 

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Yeah hate to break it to everyone but Fords Sales are up because they have the Ford Family Plan running right now. We are out of Explorers and Expeditions in 05 as well here. But what this does is lose future sales.
Didn't bother reading the article, did ya?
 

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I don't expect this to last once the deal is over.
 

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I'd have to guess that their "Welcome to the faimily" thing worked.
Wonder if they will sell any in August now
 

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Didn't bother reading the article, did ya?
People usually don't. Why read when you can do a drive by posting?

You sir took the words out of my Mouth
 

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yes sales are up and when employee discounts dissapear sales will be down again, but unlike the jap manufacturers, the american companys make money off the service they do. More cars on the road = more serviceable vehicles for them in the future
 

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Well, I hope all 126,905 F-150's are better than the 2004 POS that I have. I'm currently in the process of getting Ford to buy-back my truck... dirty bastards.
 

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Happy to say that I contributed to the numbers. (picked it up today 8-2-05)






I'll get some better pics tomorrow in the light and of course make a post in RIGS.
 
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