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Trucks, Vans Strong as Ford’s Sales Slide in July

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2017 Ford Transit Van

2017 Ford Transit Van

Ford on Tuesday reported sales totaling 216,479 vehicles in the United States in July, down 2.8% year-over-year. Sales of Ford vehicles totaled 207,381 vehicles, down 2.7% from the 213,195 vehicles sold in July 2015.

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Ford focused on the brightest spot in its July sales figure, pointing to a 4.8% year-over-year increase for trucks and vans. While F-Series sales were down 1% at a total of 65,657 trucks delivered, sales of heavy trucks were up 68.9% at 1,211 units.

Van sales were up across the board: E-Series sales were up 20% at 4,011 units, Transit sales up 41.2% at 11,335 units, and Transit Connect sales rose 3.5% at 4,890 units. The combined total of 20,236 vans sold last month was good for the company’s best July tally since 1978.

“Trucks and vans continue to be market strengths for Ford,” said Mark LaNeve, Ford vice president, U.S. Marketing, Sales and Service. “Van customers rewarded us with another strong year-over-year gain, and F-Series had its best retail sales this year.”

Overall retail sales were down 6% at 161,158 vehicles delivered, but fleet sales were up 6% at a total of 55,321 units.

Sales of Ford cars were down 9.9% at 56,573 units. The Mustang was up 12.8% in July with a total of 9,565 units sold, and Police Interceptor Sedan sales rose 5.8% at 839 units.

Ford SUV sales were down 5.3%, but sales of the Edge were up 4.9% and sales of the Expedition were up 118.4%. Through seven months, SUV sales are up 6.4% at a total of 458,820 units.

To date, US sales for the Ford brand are up 3.2% at 1,507,132 vehicles delivered.

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