SOUTHFIELD, Mich. - Ford Motor Co. said last week its namesake brand exceeded 2 million US sales for the first year since 2007, led by gains for models such as the Fiesta small car and revamped Explorer sport-utility vehicle.
Smaller cars such as the Fiesta and Focus are on pace for a sales increase of more than 20 percent for 2011 while light trucks that include the Explorer, Escape SUV, and F-150 pickup may rise at least 30 percent, the Dearborn, Mich.-based company said.
The second-largest US automaker is benefiting from an auto market that rose 10 percent through November from a year earlier. The company’s sales also got a boost from vehicles such as the Fiesta, which debuted in the United States in June 2010 and has more than tripled in sales this year through November, and the Explorer, which has more than doubled.
“The industry sales rate has exceeded 13 million in each of the last three months,’’ Ken Czubay, Ford’s vice president for US sales and marketing, said in the statement. “This suggests the current momentum is not an aberration.’’
Ford-brand sales gained 18 percent to 1.86 million through November, compared with 1.76 million for all of 2010. Ford’s total US sales through November increased 11 percent.