Ford tops everyone in March 2011 sales, Lincoln still struggles
Ford Motor Company ranked behind Chrysler, Nissan, American Honda, Kia/Hyundai and the BMW group among major automotive groups in terms of percentage of growth but with 212,777 vehicles sold, FoMoCo easily outsold their next nearest competitor (GM with 206,621). These big numbers were thanks mostly to the Ford brand, with the 204,276 units sold throughout March accounting for a 28.2% gain over last March. Unfortunately, with just 8,501 units sold, the luxurious Lincoln brand saw a drop of 2.2% from last year.
The Ford brand’s strongest performer in terms of sales was, as always, the F-Series pickup truck family with an incredible 53,272 new trucks sold in March 2011 – an improvement of 25% over March 2010. The bestselling car from Ford was the 2011 Fusion with 27,566 sedans sold, making it one of the top movers in the US market. The new 2011 Ford Explorer was the strongest vehicle in terms of growth with 12,482 SUVs accounting for a gain of 111% over last year and surprisingly, the Crown Victoria was next in line with an improvement of 91.6% in moving 6,176 vehicles. The Ford Mustang saw a nice rebound this year with a jump of almost 47% coming from 8,557 pony cars sold and the Transit Connect saw another good month with 2,690 units of the innovative cargo vehicle accounting for a 46.5% gain over last year.