11/11/2003 – Ford F-Series Sales Climb 12 Percent In October

Source: Ford Motor Company

Ford F-Series Sales Climb 12 Percent In October

  • F-Series sales were 68,828 – up 12 percent compared with a year ago.
  • New 2004 F-150 gains strength with sales up 65 percent over September.
  • Ford Escape remains top-selling small SUV with sales up 26 percent.
  • Volvo sets October record with 29 percent increase.
  • Ford’s overall October sales decline 2 percent with truck sales up 2 percent and cars down 9 percent.

DEARBORN, Mich., Nov. 3 – U.S. customers purchased or leased 282,468 cars and trucks from Ford, Mercury, Lincoln, Jaguar, Volvo, and Land Rover dealers in October, down 2 percent compared with a year ago. Sales of trucks (pickups, sport utility vehicles, and vans) were 187,402 (up 2 percent), while sales of passenger cars were 95,066 (down 9 percent).

Year-to-date, the company’s sales were 2.9 million, down 4 percent compared with the same period a year ago. Sales of trucks were 1.9 million, up 1 percent, while car sales were 1.0 million, down 12 percent.

“The economy is sprinting and consumer fundamentals remain favorable,” said Jim O’ Connor, Ford group vice president, North America Marketing, Sales and Service. “We believe auto sales will finish strong in 2003 and we look for another good year in 2004.”

October sales for Ford’s F-Series truck were 68,828, up 12 percent from a year ago. Sales for the all-new 2004 F-150 model were 65 percent higher than September, the truck’s introductory month. Among retail buyers, sales of 2004 models accounted for 53 percent of total F-Series sales, the highest for any Ford product, except the Ford Escape.

“We are extremely pleased with all aspects of the launch of the new F-150,” said O’Connor. “The production launch was the best we’ve seen in several years. The F-150 continues to receive accolades from the automotive press, and the number of intenders among full-size pickup buyers is strong and growing. W
e’re delighted by the positive sales trend, which was achieved in a very competitive market.”

Sales for the Ford Escape were 16,266 (up 26 percent), bringing year-to-date sales to 139,856. Escape is the best-selling small sport utility vehicle in the United States with almost 500,000 units sold since it was introduced in late 2000. The 2005 model Escape, which will include a new hybrid electric version, debuts at the Miami Auto Show on Friday, Nov. 7.

“We see continued strong demand for small sport utility vehicles,” noted O’Connor. “We established a strong presence in the small SUV market three years ago and we plan to increase our presence with the 2005 model Escape and Mercury Mariner.”

Volvo dealers delivered 10,854 units to U.S. customers in October – a new record for the month. Volvo sales were 29 percent higher than a year ago, the twelfth month in a row of higher sales, a streak that started with the introduction of the award-winning XC90 sport utility vehicle.

Jaguar and Land Rover sales were narrowly lower than a year ago when each of the brands posted October sales records. Sales for the all-new Jaguar XJ sedan (up 62 percent) and Land Rover Range Rover (up 39 percent) paced the near-record results.

Lincoln sales were 4 percent higher than a year ago thanks to its new mid-size sport utility vehicle, the Lincoln Aviator.

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October CYTD

FORD MOTOR COMPANY OCTOBER 2003 U.S. SALES

October Month

%

October CYTD

%

2003

2002

Change

2003

2002

Change

Sales By Brand

   Ford

235,265

239,142

-1.6

2,443,245

2,527,611

-3.3

   Mercury

16,727

20,786

-19.5

169,933

226,627

-25.0

   Lincoln

12,326

11,900

3.6

132,062

126,212

4.6

   Jaguar

4,088

4,278

-4.4

46,180

52,284

-11.7

   Volvo

10,854

8,398

29.2

112,224

91,446

22.7

   Land Rover

3,208

3,471

-7.6

32,333

33,531

-3.6

      Total Ford Motor Company

282,468

287,975

-1.9

2,935,977

3,057,711

-4.0

Memo: Cars and Trucks

   Cars

95,066

104,621

-9.1

1,009,057

1,140,965

-11.6

   Trucks

187,402

183,354

2.2

1,926,920

1,916,746

0.5

      Total Ford
Motor Company

282,468

287,975

-1.9

2,935,977

3,057,711

-4.0

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

FORD BRAND OCTOBER 2003 U.S. SALES

October Month

%

October CYTD

%

2003

2002

Change

2003

2002

Change

Crown Victoria

5,936

5,810

2.2

66,213

69,356

-4.5

Taurus

26,849

28,264

-5.0

268,621

275,279

-2.4

Focus

19,275

21,841

-11.7

196,188

211,126

-7.1

Thunderbird

1,470

1,139

29.1

16,166

16,652

-2.9

Mustang

9,755

10,442

-6.6

116,645

122,279

-4.6

Escort

2,752

2,652

3.8

22,203

47,772

-53.5

  Total Ford Cars

66,037

70,148

-5.9

686,036

742,464

-7.6

Escape

16,266

12,931

25.8

139,856

118,697

17.8

Explorer

30,124

35,683

-15.6

312,940

363,719

-14.0

Expedition

12,077

14,780

-18.3

151,593

127,638

18.8

Excursion

2,563

2,054

24.8

20,450

24,958

-18.1

Econoline/Club Wagon

12,874

13,293

-3.2

136,087

139,295

-2.3

Windstar

7,101

12,415

-42.8

105,298

126,170

-16.5

Freestar

3,831

0

NA

3,831

0

NA

Ranger

14,726

15,491

-4.9

184,923

196,780

-6.0

F-Series

68,828

61,686

11.6

696,192

681,883

2.1

Heavy Trucks

838

661

26.8

6,039

6,007

0.5

  Total Ford Trucks

169,228

168,994

0.1

1,757,209

1,785,147

-1.6

  Total Ford Brand

235,265

239,142

-1.6

2,443,245

2,527,611

-3.3

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

LINCOLN AND MERCURY BRAND OCTOBER 2003 U.S. SALES

size="2">October Month

%

October CYTD

%

2003

2002

Change

2003

2002

Change

Grand Marquis

7,295

7,650

-4.6

>

74,001

67,525

9.6

Sable

4,786

5,333

-10.3

53,318

89,035

-40.1

Cougar

0

1,875

-100.0

2,024

16,681

-87.9

  Total Mercury Cars

12,081

14,858

-18.7

129,343

173,241

-25.3

Town Car

4,422

4,698

-5.9

48,818

51,272

-4.8

LS

2,275

2,932

-22.4

28,759

33,257

-13.5

Continental

0

923

-100.0

280

14,298

-98.0

  Total Lincoln Cars

6,697

8,553

-21.7

77,857

98,827

-21.2

  Total Mercury

    and Lincoln Cars

18,778

23,411

-19.8

207,200

272,068

-23.8

Mountaineer

3,888

4,692

-17.1

39,832

39,130

1.8

Monterey

758

0

NA

758

0

NA

Villager

0

1,236

-100.0

0

14,256

-100.0

  Total Mercury Trucks

4,646

5,928

-21.6

40,590

53,386

-24.0

Navigator

2,999

3,077

-2.5

30,064

24,923

20.6

Aviator

2,630

0

NA

23,988

0

NA

Blackwood

0

270

-100.0

153

2,462

-93.8

  Total Lincoln Trucks

5,629

3,347

68.2

54,205

27,385

97.9

  Total Mercury

    and Lincoln Trucks

10,275

9,275

10.8

94,795

80,771

17.4

  Total Mercury

    and Lincoln Vehicles

29,053

32,686

-11.1

301,995

352,839

-14.4

Total Lincoln Brand

12,326

11,900

3.6

132,062

126,212

4.6

Total Mercury Brand

16,727

20,786

-19.5

169,933

226,627

-25.0

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

JAGUAR BRAND OCTOBER 2003 U.S. SALES

October Month

%

October CYTD

%

2003

2002

Change

2003

2002

Change

XJ

1,015

628

61.6

8,175

7,149

14.4

S-TYPE

1,227

1,470

-16.5

12,776

13,268

-3.7

X-TYPE

1,614

1,876

-14.0

22,826

28,572

-20.1

XK

232

304

-23.7

2,403

3,295

-27.1

  Total Jaguar

4,088

4,278

-4.4

46,180

52,284

-11.7

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

VOLVO BRAND OCTOBER 2003 U.S. SALES

October Month

%

October CYTD

%

2003

2002

Change

size="2">

2003

2002

Change

S40

817

1,183

-30.9

11,150

13,273

-16.0

V40

156

207

-24.6

2,548

2,330

9.4

S60

2,676

2,566

4.3

30,293

33,185

-8.7

S70

0

1

NA

0

1

NA

V70

814

1,218

-33.2

9,742

9,111

6.9

V70 XC

1,581

ign=bottom>

1,324

19.4

14,455

17,007

-15.0

C70

338

234

44.4

3,769

3,221

17.0

XC90

3,110

290

NA

28,128

290

NA

S80

1,362

1,375

-0.9

12,139

13,028

-6.8

  Total Volvo

10,854

8,398

29.2

112,224

91,446

22.7

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

LAND ROVER BRAND OCTOBER 2003 U.S. SALES

October Month

%

%

2003

2002

Change

2003

2002

Change

Range Rover

1,116

806

38.5

9,242

6,563

40.8

Discovery

1,442

1,417

1.8

14,830

14,289

3.8

Freelander

650

1,248

-47.9

8,261

12,679

-34.8

  Total Land Rover

3,208

3,471

-7.6

32,333

33,531

-3.6

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