F-Series Success Bolsters Ford April US Sales
Hot on the heels of announcing the departure date for current CEO Alan Mulally/entry date for new CEO Mark Fields, Ford has announced that their F-Series trucks have achieved yet another milestone. The best-selling truck for 37 years running can now lay claim to its best U.S. April sales month since 2006 after racking up 63,387 sales in the month of April.
According to Ford, EcoBoost®-powered trucks made up 42 percent of all models sold in April. What’s more, 55 percent of all Ford F-150 models sold were powered by V6 engines—either the EcoBoost or the 3.7-liter. This is consistent with Ford’s boasts of success in moving the truck-buying public away from the tried-and-true V8 engines that have been the norm for so long.
Ford April US sales totaled 211,126 units, which amounted to a one percent year-over-year decrease. Retail sales were down one percent as well with 141,950 vehicles, but commercial and government fleet sales increased 16 and 21 percent, respectively.
The Ford Explorer had its best month in nearly a decade with 16,629 units sold, the best April sales performance for the model since 2005 and a 17 percent year-over-year increase.
“F-Series and Explorer showed considerable strength in April, posting their best results in almost a decade,” said John Felice, Ford vice president, U.S. marketing, sales and service. “We also saw another breakout month for Fusion, with continued strength in the Western region. Overall, industry sales continued the rebound from January and February and are on a path of steady growth.”
Other Ford models that saw success in April were the Transit Connect (28.6 percent year-over-year increase), Police Interceptor Utility (49.7 percent year-over-year increase), and E-Series (5.3 percent year-over-year increase).