Ford’s gains contrast with declines for most other automakers

DETROIT – Ford Motor Co. said it was the best-selling automaker in the United States for a third consecutive month, posting a 5.8% increase in light vehicle sales in November, contrasting with declines by almost all other companies that have published monthly results.

Ford’s commercial vehicle sales jumped 21 percent from a year ago, and sales of F-series pickup trucks were up 15 percent despite the continued shortage of microchips that reduced inventories of dealers. The automaker said sales of its electrified vehicles have grown three times faster than those of other manufacturers.

Ford said its total light-duty vehicle sales of 157,417 were enough to beat all other automakers, including General Motors and others that issue quarterly reports, based on figures these companies privately provide to analysts. and industry data trackers. The last time Ford experienced such a top-ranked streak was in 1974, company officials said.

Ford’s results included a 23% year-over-year decline for the Lincoln brand.

The Bronco Sport overtook the Escape and Edge to become Ford Motor’s third most popular seller in November, behind only the Explorer and F-Series.

Ford said 29% of its November retail sales came from customer orders rather than dealer inventory. Dealers received 74,000 new retail orders in the month, down slightly from 77,000 in October.

Ford officials have said the F-Series has effectively locked in its title as the nation’s best-selling truck for a 45th consecutive year. They said the F-Series exceeded Ram sales by 144,049 in 2021 through November, down from around 100,000 at the end of the third quarter, when Stellantis last reported Ram sales.

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