F-Series, Vans Hit December Highs as Ford Finishes 2016 with More Than 2.5 Million Vehicles Sold in US
Ford Motor Company delivered a total of 239,854 vehicles in December, a 0.3% year-over-year increase driven by the company’s best December retail sales mark in 12 years. Retail sales increased 5% with 183,454 units sold. Ford brand sales decreased 0.6% year-over-year with 227,063 units sold.
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“December marked Ford’s best retail performance since 2004, with average transaction prices increasing $1,600 for the month—$1,000 more than the industry average,” said Mark LaNeve, Ford vice president, US Marketing, Sales, and Service. “Thanks to strong customer demand for F-Series, Transit, and an all-new lineup of heavy trucks, Ford capped 2016 as America’s best-selling truck brand.”
F-Series sales were the highest they have been for a December in 11 years with 87,512 trucks delivered during the month, up 3% year-over-year. Sales of the Transit (13,056 units, up 4.1%) and E-Series (4,753 units, up 27.7%) helped deliver Ford vans their best December performance ever with a total of 22,302 units sold.
For December, sales of Ford trucks were up 3.2% at a total of 111,883 units delivered. For the whole of 2016, sales increased 6.5% over 2015 with a total of 1,077,006 trucks and vans delivered. Sales of the F-Series accounted for 820,799 units of that number, up 5.2% and good for the F-Series’ 40th year as the best-selling truck in America.
Ford SUV sales were up 4.6% for the month of December. Sales of the Explorer increased 0.7% at 19,030 units, sales of the Edge rose 23.7% at 12,691 units, sales of the Expedition were up 29.7% at 5,259 units, and sales of the Flex were up 78.1% at 3,090 units. For the whole year, Ford SUV sales were up 4.3% with 772,667 units sold, led by triple-digit sales for the Escape, Explorer, and Edge.
Overall, sales of Ford-branded vehicles were down 0.4% in 2016 at 2,502,973 units delivered. Still, the total was more than enough to secure the Blue Oval the title of best-selling brand in America over Toyota and Chevrolet.
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