Ford expected to outpace industry with September sales up 6 percent

Despite an anticipated decline in U.S. auto sales in September, Ford Motor Co. appears to have fared quite well.

The Dearborn-based automaker Tuesday reported sales totaled 185,146 vehicles last month, delivering its best September since 2006 with a 6 percent increase in the U.S., outpacing the industry and marking Ford’s 11th consecutive month of year-over-year sales increases.

“The combination of great styling, fuel economy and value delivered another solid monthly result for Ford in September,” said Ken Czubay, vice president of U.S. marketing, sales and service. “We’re particularly encouraged by the strength of the Fusion and Fiesta, especially in coastal markets.”

September Ford Fusion sales of 19,972 are up 62 percent compared with a year ago; Fiesta sales of 5,043 are up 29 percent over last year, marking Fiesta’s best September sales performance ever; and F-Series sales were up 10 percent to 60,456 – marking a 26th consecutive monthly sales increase and its fifth-straight month above the 60,000-vehicle sales mark.

“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,” Czubay said.

Ford’s luxury Lincoln brand continues to struggle, with sales down 5 percent last month to sales under 6,500 cars and trucks.

Overall, Ford’s sales through September are up 12 percent to nearly 1.9 million vehicles sold.

Top five Ford models by units sold in September (2013 sales):

1. Ford F-Series- 60,456 (559,506)

2. Ford Escape- 22,607 (228,290)

3. Ford Fusion- 19,972 (226,293)

4. Ford Focus- 16,733 (188,654)

5. Ford Explorer- 13,655 (135,847)

Michael Wayland covers the automotive industry for MLive.

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