September Auto Sales: Ford Makes the Best of a Short Month
F-Series Has Its Fifth Straight Month Of 60,000+ Sales
September was an odd month for automobile sales thanks to the timing of the Labor Day holiday. The holiday caused a reduction of selling days, which in effect caused many automakers to see a drop in sales. Luckily, some automakers were able to see an increase in sales. Such is the case with Ford. The Detroit automaker reported a total of 185,146 vehicles sold for the month of September, up 5.8 percent over last September. Ford says this is their best September since 2006.
“The combination of great styling, fuel economy and value delivered another solid monthly result for Ford in September. We’re particularly encouraged by the strength of the Fusion and Fiesta, especially in coastal markets. The F-Series also keeps delivering, with our fifth-straight month surpassing the 60,000-vehicle mark and continuing as America’s best-selling vehicle,” said Ken Czubay, Ford's vice president of U.S. Marketing, Sales and Service.
For the Ford brand, September sales saw an increase of 6.3 percent. Not surprisingly, the F-Series pickup led the charge with 60,456 units. This is the fifth straight month of posted sales over 60,000 units. Seeing a nice bump in sales are the Fusion midsize sedan (19,972 units sold, an increase of 62.4 percent), Fiesta subcompact (5,034 units sold, an increase of 28.5 percent), and the C-Max (2,182 units sold, an increase of 125.2 percent).
Meanwhile at Lincoln, the sales slump continued. Sales for September reached 6,453 vehicles, a 5.1 percent drop when compared to last September. The cause of this is due to most of Lincoln's lineup posting declines. The good news is that the Lincoln MKZ is selling. For September, Lincoln moved 2,876 MKZs, an increase of 11.6 percent.