Ford reported its best March retail sales results since 2006, with 244,167 vehicles sold, including 166,030 retail sales, marking a 3 percent increase in both categories.
As always, the F-Series was a key factor in Ford’s industry-leading performance, with 70,940 vehicles sold for a 5 percent increase. This was one of only four times the F-Series topped the 70,000-vehicle sales mark and its highest March sales volume since 2008.
The Ford Fusion also had a strong showing, setting a new all-time monthly record since its introduction in 2005 with 32,963 vehicles sold. This marked a 9 percent increase over March 2013 and a whopping 22 percent increase in western USA, where the Fusion sells like hot cakes.
“March sales turned noticeably higher mid-month and finished strong,” said John Felice, Ford vice president, U.S. marketing, sales and service. “Fusion set an all-time record in March, as overall retail sales in the West continued to expand at the fastest rate in the nation – including California being up 32 percent. F-Series also had a very strong month, as did Lincoln MKZ.”
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Ford announced that it is bringing some of our favorite homemade vehicles and more to new regions of the world. Now that it has a solid foot in the Asian market (and the North American market, but that goes without saying), Ford sees the Middle East and Africa has the next big automotive growth markets.
The company plans to launch at least 17 new or refreshed vehicles in the Middle East and Africa over the next 24 months.
“Ford and Lincoln sales have grown 60 percent in the Middle East over the past four years,” said Stephen Odell, president of Ford of Europe, Middle East and Africa. “We expect total industry sales in the combined Middle East and Africa region to increase nearly 40 percent to around 5.5 million units by 2020.”
To go along with the announcement, Ford debuted two all-new vehicles for the Middle East—the Ford Fusion and the Ford EcoSport. These vehicles offer an impressive combination of affordability, fuel economy, and driver-assistance technologies.
But if you were worried about having to move to the Middle East to get your hands on a Ford Fusion, fret not. We’ve got one of the latest models right here at Hassett Automotive.
Each and every year Kelley Blue Book takes a good hard look at all the new sedans that have recently been introduced and compiles a list of the “10 Best Sedans Under $25,000”. It is a huge honor to make this list, and this year we are happy to say that the 2013 Ford Fusion has snatched the number five spot!
According to KBB.com, “Completely redesigned for 2013, the Ford Fusion mixes a stunning sense of style with impressive dynamics, and tosses in a roomy, well-appointed passenger compartment for good measure. With the choice of two EcoBoost engines plus hybrid and plug-in variants, this engaging midsize front-driver also can be packaged to perform.”
All of us here at Hassett are extremely excited to see the new Fusion get the recognition it deserves as it truly is a stunning car in every way. On the exterior, the new Fusion features a fresh, bold new look. And the interior of the Fusion is comfortable, eco-friendly, and loaded with cool features such as the SYNC system, available lane-keeping system, and ambient lighting.
As much as we would love to go on and on in this blog about how great the 2013 Fusion is, you really can’t fully understand it until you get behind the wheel. Stop by Hassett Automotive in Wantagh, New York and take one for a test drive today!