10/01/2003 – Ford’s F-Series Truck Sets September Record As Sales Soar 31 Percent

Source: Ford Motor Company

Ford’s F-Series Truck Sets September Record As Sales Soar 31 Percent


  • Ford’s total September sales increased 5 percent compared with a year ago
  • Sales to individual retail customers climbed 8 percent; fleet sales declined 11 percent
  • F-Series sales were 81,782 – best September in its 55-year history
  • Ford Escape, Expedition and Lincoln Aviator pace record SUV sales
  • Jaguar, Land Rover, and Volvo set September sales records

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DEARBORN, Mich., October 1 – U.S. customers purchased or leased 294,991 cars and trucks from Ford, Mercury, Lincoln, Jaguar, Volvo, and Land Rover dealers in September, up 5 percent compared with a year ago. Sales of trucks (pickups, sport utility vehicles, and vans) were 207,772 (up 14 percent), while sales of passenger cars were 87,219 (down 11 percent). Sales to individual retail customers climbed 8 percent compared with a year ago, while sales to fleet customers declined 11 percent.

Year-to-date, the company’s sales were 2.65 million, down 4 percent compared with the same period a year ago. Sales of trucks were 1.7 million, up 0.4 percent, while car sales were 913,991, down 12 percent.

September sales for Ford’s F-Series truck were the highest in its 55-year history and 31 percent higher than a year ago. Ford dealers sold 81,782 F-Series trucks, eclipsing the previous September record of 74,787 set in 2001. In addition, it was the highest F-Series sales for any month since December 2001.

Ford dealers reported strong showroom traffic in September coinciding with the introduction of the all-new F-150 model.

“The new F-150 is doing exactly what we expected our clean-up hitter to do – drive in truck buyers to Ford dealer showrooms,” said Jim O’Connor, Ford group vice president, North America Marketing, Sales and Service. “We’re seeing a ‘halo’ effect from th
e showroom traffic generated by the F-150 that puts Ford in a position of strength no one else can match.”

Ford Ranger, the best-selling compact pickup in America, benefited from the increased showroom traffic as September sales rose 15 percent.

Sales for the Ford Escape (up 29 percent), Ford Expedition (up 52 percent), and Lincoln Aviator (which posted its best sales month since introduction) paved the way for a new company SUV sales record. September sales of sport utility vehicles were 87,526, up 10 percent compared with a year ago.

Jaguar, Land Rover, and Volvo all set September sales records. In fact, Land Rover’s September sales were the highest for any month.

Jaguar sales were 6,030, up 43 percent compared with last year’s record sales. Land Rover also bested last year’s record as September sales advanced 17 percent. Each of these brands are benefiting from the introduction of new products at the top end of the price range (Jaguar XJ sedan and Land Rover Range Rover).

Volvo dealers reported September sales of 10,418, up 25 percent compared with a year ago. September was the eleventh month in a row of higher sales at Volvo, a streak that started with the introduction of the award-winning XC90 sport utility vehicle. Volvo retailers remain on pace to set a new calendar year sales record in 2003 as year-to-date sales totaled 101,370, up 22 percent from a year ago.

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FORD MOTOR COMPANY SEPTEMBER 2003 U.S. SALES

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September Month

%

September CYTD

%

2003

2002

Change

2003

2002

Change

Sales By Brand


   Ford

246,208

232,674

5.8

2,207,980

2,288,469

-3.5

   Mercury

14,989

18,554

-19.2

153,206

205,841

-25.6

   Lincoln

13,159

12,968

1.5

119,736

114,312

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4.7

   Jaguar

6,030

4,222

42.8

42,092

48,006

-12.3

   Volvo

10,418

8,332

25.0

101,370

83,048

22.1

   Land Rover

4,187

3,569

17.3

>29,125

30,060

-3.1

      Total Ford Motor Company

294,991

280,319

5.2

2,653,509

2,769,736

-4.2

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nt size="2">   Cars

87,219

98,353

-11.3

913,991

1,036,344

-11.8

   Trucks

207,772

181,966

14.2

1,739,518

1,733,392

0.4

      Total Ford Motor Company

294,991

280,319

5.2

2,653,509

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-4.2

Contact: George Pipas, Ford Motor Company, (313) 323-9216

FORD BRAND SEPTEMBER 2003 U.S. SALES

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September Month

%

September CYTD

%

2003

2002

Change

2003

2002

Change

t>

Crown Victoria

4,878

5,517

-11.6

60,277

63,546

-5.1

Taurus

21,864

19,311

13.2

241,772

247,015

-2.1

Focus

17,496

gn=right>25,249

-30.7

176,913

189,285

-6.5

Thunderbird

1,659

1,378

20.4

14,696

15,513

-5.3

Mustang

8,763

11,184

-21.6

106,890

111,837

-4.4

Escort

2,155

15.2

19,451

45,120

-56.9

  Total Ford Cars

57,143

64,794

-11.8

619,999

672,316

-7.8

Escape

13,216 p>

10,282

28.5

123,590

105,766

16.9

Explorer

36,696

42,381

-13.4

282,816

328,036

-13.8

Expedition

17,115

11,238

52.3

139,516

112,858

23.6

Excursion

1,792

2,539

-29.4

17,887

22,904

-21.9

Econoline/Club Wagon

11,853

12,604

-6.0

123,213

126,002

-2.2

Windstar

7,019

9,629

-27.1

98,197

113,755

d>

-13.7

Ranger

18,912

16,416

15.2

170,197

181,289

-6.1

F-Series

81,782

62,224

31.4

627,364

620,197

1.2

Heavy Trucks

680

567

19.9

right>5,201

5,346

-2.7

  Total Ford Trucks

189,065

167,880

12.6

1,587,981

1,616,153

-1.7

  Total Ford Brand

246,208

232,674

5.8

2,207,980 nt>

2,288,469

-3.5

Contact: Jon Harmon, Ford Division, (313) 323-7045

LINCOLN AND MERCURY BRAND SEPTEMBER 2003 U.S. SALES

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September Month

%

September CYTD

%

2003

2002

Change

2003

2002

Change

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Grand Marquis

5,875

5,604

4.8

66,706

59,875

11.4

Sable

5,496

5,436

1.1

48,532

83,702

-42.0

Cougar

size="2">0

1,857

-100.0

2,024

14,806

-86.3

  Total Mercury Cars

11,371

12,897

-11.8

117,262

158,383

-26.0

Town Car

4,210

4,859

-13.4

44,396

46,574

-4.7

LS

2,490

3,547

-29.8

26,484

30,325

-12.7

Continental

0

1,315

-100.0

280

13,375

-97.9

  Total Li
ncoln Cars

6,700

9,721

-31.1

71,160

90,274

-21.2

  Total Mercury

    and Lincoln Cars

18,071

22,618

ht>-20.1

188,422

248,657

-24.2

Mountaineer

3,618

4,643

-22.1

35,944

34,438

4.4

Villager

0

1,014

-100.0

0

13,020

-100.0

  Total Mercury Trucks

3,618

5,657

-36.0

35,944

47,458

-24.3

Navigator

3,199

2,863

11.7

27,065

21,846

23.9

Aviator

3,260

0

NA

21,358

0

NA

Blackwood

0

384

-100.0

153

2,192

-93.0

  Total Lincoln Trucks

6,459

3,247

98.9 nt>

48,576

24,038

102.1

  Total Mercury

    and Lincoln Trucks

10,077

8,904

13.2

84,520

71,496<
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18.2

  Total Mercury

    and Lincoln Vehicles

28,148

31,522

-10.7

272,942

320,153

-14.7

Total Lincoln Brand

13,159

12,968

1.5

119,736

114,312

4.7

Total Mercury Brand

14,989

18,554

-19.2

153,206

205,841

-25.6

Contact: Sara Tatchio, Lincoln and Mercury, (313) 594-3744

JAGUAR BRAND SEPTEMBER 2003 U.S. SALES

September Month

%

September CYTD

%

2003

2002

Change

2003

2002

Change

XJ

1,020

582

75.3

7,160 >

6,521

9.8

S-TYPE

1,458

1,234

18.2

11,549

11,798

-2.1

X-TYPE

3,324

2,046

62.5

21,212

26,696

-20.5

XK

228

360

-36.7

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2,171

2,991

-27.4

  Total Jaguar

6,030

4,222

42.8

42,092

48,006

-12.3

Contact: Michelle Czoka, Aston Martin Jaguar Land Rover North America, (201) 818-8115

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VOLVO BRAND SEPTEMBER 2003 U.S. SALES

September Month

%

September CYTD

%

nter>2003

2002

Change

2003

2002

Change

S40

865

1,201

-28.0

10,333

12,090

-14.5

V40

240

262

-8.4

2,392

2,123

12.7

>

S60

2,543

2,798

-9.1

27,617

30,619

-9.8

S70

0

0

NA

0

0

NA

V70

720

1,060

-32.1

8,928

7,893

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13.1

V70 XC

1,361

1,613

-15.6

12,874

15,683

-17.9

C70

330

327

0.9

3,431

2,987

14.9

XC90

3,082

0

NA

25,018

NA

S80

1,277

1,071

19.2

10,777

11,653

-7.5

  Total Volvo

10,418

8,332

25.0

101,370

83,048

22.1

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Contact: Roger Ormisher, Volvo Cars of North America, Inc., (800) 970-0888

LAND ROVER BRAND SEPTEMBER 2003 U.S. SALES

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September Month

%

September CYTD

%

2003

2002

Change

2003

2002

Change

Range Rover

1,191

616

93.3

8,126

5,757

41.1

size="2">Discovery

2,003

1,592

25.8

13,388

12,872

4.0

Freelander

993

1,361

-27.0

7,611

11,431

-33.4

  Total Land Rover

4,187

3,569

17.3

29,125

30,060 >

-3.1

Contact: Michelle Czoka, Aston Martin Jaguar Land Rover North America, (201) 818-8115

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