"The strength of our new products and Ford's leadership in quality, fuel efficiency, safety, smart design and value are resonating with customers," said Ken Czubay, Ford vice president, U.S. Marketing Sales and Service. "The good news is we have even more new products and fuel-efficient powertrains coming this year, and we expect our progress to continue."
Sales increased throughout the entire Ford’s line-up. Cars were up 54 percent versus a year ago, utilities were up 39 percent, and trucks were up 36 percent. Among brands, Ford sales were up 46 percent, Lincoln sales were up 19 percent, and Mercury sales were up 24 percent.
Ford said that it will continue to improve its technology and will introduce nine new or upgraded fuel-efficient engines and six new transmissions this year. This includes the new 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine, new Mustang V-6 and V-8, new Super Duty 6.7-liter diesel and 6.2-liter gasoline engines.
"This is the most ambitious powertrain upgrade ever undertaken by Ford," said Czubay. "Our goal is to provide our customers with industry-leading fuel economy and performance - and more reasons to shop Ford and buy Ford."
In February, Ford sales to retail customers were 28 percent higher versus a year ago, and sales to fleet customers were up 74 percent.