Ford Motor Company's July U.s. Sales Rose 1.5%
DEARBORN, MI, August 1, 2002 - U.S. customers purchased or leased 319,975 cars and trucks from Ford, Mercury, Lincoln, Jaguar, Volvo, and Land Rover dealers in July, up 1.5 percent compared with a year ago.
Year-to-date, the company's U.S. sales totaled 2.1 million, down 9.1 percent compared with a year ago.
Higher sales to individual retail customers helped Ford achieve its first sales increase in 2002. For the month, sales to retail customers were four percent higher than a year ago. Sales to fleet customers were nine percent lower than a year ago.
While Jaguar and Land Rover continued to post impressive year-to-year results, all of the company's brands improved on their first half sales comparisons. July sales for the company's domestic brands (Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury) were one percent higher than a year ago.
Jaguar reported record July sales of 5,131, up 73 percent compared with a year ago. July was the 12th month in a row of record sales at Jaguar. Land Rover dealers reported record sales for any month (4,057), up 95 percent compared with a year ago. July was the ninth month in a row of record sales at Land Rover.
Despite limited availability, compounded by a two-week summer shutdown, July sales of the all-new Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator were 13,332 and 3,027, respectively. At the beginning of July, Expedition and Navigator inventories were 50 percent lower than a year ago.