The year is new, but the overwhelming success of Ford Motor Company's sales is nothing unusual.
The numbers are in from December 2016, indicating that the automaker's 239,854 U.S. sales were up by 0.3 percent; in addition, retail sales climbed by five percent, with 183,454 vehicles driven off the lots - Ford's greatest retail performance in December since 2004.
Not surprisingly, sales for the F-Series were up by three percent, with a total of 87,512 trucks sold. The popularity of the F-150 and the all-new Super Duty was especially noticeable in December; both contributed to the F-Series' best overall sales month in over a decade.
The achievements don't stop there. Ford brand SUV retail sales also increased by six percent in December, subsequently driving a gain of five percent in overall SUV sales with 68,685 vehicles sold. Strong showings by the Edge, Explorer and Expedition resulted in Ford's best SUV sales month since 2002. See the Expedition in action in the video below:
Mark LaNeve, the vice president of U.S. Marketing, Sales and Service for Ford, was pleased with the month's results. “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,” he said.
Stay tuned for a year in review of Ford's sales, and learn more at Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington today.