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US:Ford sales down for March

Ford sales down for March

By Dee-Ann Durbin / AP Auto Writer

DETROIT -- Ford Motor Co. said Friday that new vehicle sales in March failed to match year-ago levels, despite hopes for a recovery after a tough winter. Meanwhile, in an oft-repeated pattern, some Asian brands reported record demand.

March's results created a conflicting message about the effect of rising gas prices on buying habits. Gas prices jumped to an average of $2.15 per gallon nationwide last week, according to federal figures.

Ford said sales of its F-Series pickups were up 1 percent from the year before.

Industrywide, vehicle sales rose about 1 percent from last March. The seasonally adjusted annual sales rate was 16.85 million units, up from 16.79 million a year ago, according to research firm Autodata Corp. The rate indicates what sales would be for the full year if they remained at the same pace for all 12 months. Full-year sales for 2004 were about 17 million.

Asian brands continued to grab U.S. market share, posting a combined 7 percent rise in sales last month. The traditional Big Three, meanwhile, saw sales fall 1 percent.

Ford, the nation's No. 2 automaker, reported a 5 percent decline in U.S. sales for the month. Sales of Ford, Lincoln and Mercury trucks and sport utility vehicles, which have been the company's bread and butter, fell 6.6 percent in March and are down 7.9 percent for the year.

Ford's car sales were down 1.75 percent for the month but are up 5.1 percent for the year, helped by the hot-selling Ford Mustang. Ford also said the Mercury Montego sedan achieved its best sales since it went on sale last fall.

George Pipas, Ford's top sales analyst, said traditional truck-based SUVs were in decline well before the rise in gas prices because small SUVs and crossovers are providing consumers with more options. Pipas said crossovers represented 15 percent of total SUV sales in 2000 and 41 percent in 2004.

Sales of Ford's largest SUVs -- the Excursion, Expedition and Explorer -- all fell by more than 25 percent in March, while demand for the smaller Escape rose 7 percent. Ford's overall sales of cars and trucks are down 3.8 percent for the year.

Paul Taylor, chief economist for the National Automobile Dealers Association, said sales should continue to improve in April as frigid temperatures subside in the East and Midwest and make car shopping more appealing.

"Both heating fuel costs and gasoline costs have been a drag on consumers' disposable incomes, but heating costs will fade in April," Taylor said. "Gasoline prices appear headed upward a bit more, and that will change the mix of vehicle selling, as happened in March."
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Ford March US Sales

* Car sales equal to a year ago as new Ford Mustang, Ford Five Hundred and Mercury Montego reach new highs. * Truck sales decline 3 percent as gains from Ford F-Series, Lincoln Mark LT and crossover sport utility vehicles are offset by lower sales of traditional sport utility vehicles and compact pickups. * Overall, sales off 1.7 percent from a year ago.

The Auto Channel

DEARBORN, Mich. -- U.S. customers purchased or leased 305,172 cars and trucks from Ford, Mercury, Lincoln, Jaguar, Land Rover and Volvo dealers in March -- the highest monthly total since May 2004. Compared with a year ago, overall sales declined 1.7 percent.

Sales of passenger cars continued to increase at the retail level. Total car sales (including fleet deliveries) were equal to a year ago, but retail car sales were up 6 percent, including a 20 percent increase at Ford Division as consumer demand grew for the Ford Five Hundred sedan and Ford Mustang. Both cars posted their highest sales since introduction late last year. The Mercury Montego sedan also achieved its best sales month since introduction.

"We're making a concerted effort to get back in the car business," said Earl Hesterberg, Ford group vice president, North America Marketing, Sales and Service. "The effort appears to be paying off."

Sales of trucks (pickups, sport utility vehicles and vans) declined 3 percent from a year ago. On the positive side, Ford F-Series sales were 80,527, up 1 percent from a year ago, and the all-new Lincoln Mark LT added 569 units to the company's full-size truck results.

In addition, consumer demand continues to grow for the company's new small and crossover sport utility vehicles. The Ford Escape set a new March sales record (16,921), including the highest monthly sales to date for the Escape Hybrid (1,569). The Mercury Mariner also posted its best month ever (3,053). The company's new mid-size crossover model, the Ford Freestyle, also set a new record for monthly sales (6,191).

"Higher gas prices seem to be accelerating the demand for small and crossover sport utility vehicles," said Hesterberg. "Fortunately, we're in a position to offer consumers several choices in these categories and more are on the way."

In contrast, sales of traditional sport utility vehicles generally declined, except at Land Rover where sales were up 8 percent due to the all- new LR3, Motor Trend magazine's "Sport Utility Vehicle of the Year."

In addition, sales for the Ford Ranger, the company's compact pickup truck, were off 40 percent.

FORD MOTOR COMPANY MARCH 2005 U.S. SALES

March Month % March CYTD %
2005 2004 Change 2005 2004 Change
Sales By Brand
Ford 252,636 259,791 -2.8 624,577 667,886 -6.5
Mercury 21,457 16,904 26.9 55,306 47,137 17.3
Lincoln 12,938 14,184 -8.8 31,662 34,521 -8.3
Jaguar 3,545 4,005 -11.5 8,707 11,240 -22.5
Volvo 11,614 12,925 -10.1 32,152 33,367 -3.6
Land Rover 2,982 2,756 8.2 8,444 8,144 3.7
Total Ford Motor
Company 305,172 310,565 -1.7 760,848 802,295 -5.2

Memo: Cars and Trucks
Cars 107,834 107,766 0.1 270,043 265,642 1.7
Trucks 197,338 202,799 -2.7 490,805 536,653 -8.5
Total Ford Motor
Company 305,172 310,565 -1.7 760,848 802,295 -5.2

FORD BRAND MARCH 2005 U.S. SALES

March Month % March CYTD %
2005 2004 Change 2005 2004 Change

Crown Victoria 7,500 9,835 -23.7 17,614 21,772 -19.1
Five Hundred 9,375 0 NA 22,300 0 NA
Taurus 20,887 27,862 -25.0 55,114 68,679 -19.8
Focus 17,726 19,432 -8.8 46,666 48,161 -3.1
Mustang 17,926 15,799 13.5 42,261 36,339 16.3
Thunderbird 1,546 1,703 -9.2 3,062 3,460 -11.5
GT 44 0 NA 55 0 NA
Escort 0 0 NA 0 1,210 -100.0
Total Ford Cars 75,004 74,631 0.5 187,072 179,621 4.1

Freestyle 6,191 0 NA 15,922 0 NA
Escape 16,921 15,694 7.8 44,099 41,194 7.1
Explorer 24,858 29,862 -16.8 62,586 83,602 -25.1
Expedition 9,489 13,700 -30.7 26,296 35,932 -26.8
Excursion 1,461 1,877 -22.2 3,432 4,866 -29.5
Freestar 9,307 9,111 2.2 23,522 23,638 -0.5
Windstar 0 144 -100.0 0 2,950 -100.0
Econoline/Club Wagon 16,742 15,785 6.1 42,466 41,334 2.7
Ranger 10,764 17,796 -39.5 26,612 43,006 -38.1
F-Series 80,527 80,056 0.6 189,408 209,021 -9.4
Heavy Trucks 1,372 1,135 20.9 3,162 2,722 16.2
Total Ford Trucks 177,632 185,160 -4.1 437,505 488,265 -10.4

Total Ford Brand 252,636 259,791 -2.8 624,577 667,886 -6.5

LINCOLN AND MERCURY BRAND MARCH 2005 U.S. SALES

March Month % March CYTD %
2005 2004 Change 2005 2004 Change

Grand Marquis 7,913 7,066 12.0 20,328 20,169 0.8
Montego 2,297 0 NA 5,280 0 NA
Sable 4,048 4,184 -3.3 9,898 11,466 -13.7
Total Mercury Cars 14,258 11,250 26.7 35,506 31,635 12.2

Town Car 5,238 5,969 -12.2 11,820 13,269 -10.9
LS 2,595 3,318 -21.8 6,923 8,155 -15.1
Total Lincoln Cars 7,833 9,287 -15.7 18,743 21,424 -12.5

Total Mercury
and Lincoln Cars 22,091 20,537 7.6 54,249 53,059 2.2

Mariner 3,053 0 NA 8,218 0 NA
Mountaineer 3,265 4,146 -21.2 8,973 11,814 -24.0
Monterey 881 1,508 -41.6 2,609 3,688 -29.3
Total Mercury Trucks 7,199 5,654 27.3 19,800 15,502 27.7

Navigator 2,722 2,924 -6.9 7,258 7,770 -6.6
Aviator 1,814 1,973 -8.1 5,062 5,327 -5.0
Mark LT 569 0 NA 599 0 NA
Total Lincoln Trucks 5,105 4,897 4.2 12,919 13,097 -1.4

Total Mercury
and Lincoln Trucks 12,304 10,551 16.6 32,719 28,599 14.4

Total Mercury
and Lincoln
Vehicles 34,395 31,088 10.6 86,968 81,658 6.5

Total Lincoln Brand 12,938 14,184 -8.8 31,662 34,521 -8.3
Total Mercury Brand 21,457 16,904 26.9 55,306 47,137 17.3

JAGUAR BRAND MARCH 2005 U.S. SALES

March Month % March CYTD %
2005 2004 Change 2005 2004 Change
XJ 850 898 -5.3 2,333 2,591 -10.0
S-TYPE 1,023 997 2.6 2,441 2,782 -12.3
X-TYPE 1,435 1,935 -25.8 3,362 5,329 -36.9
XK 237 175 35.4 571 538 6.1
Total Jaguar 3,545 4,005 -11.5 8,707 11,240 -22.5

VOLVO BRAND MARCH 2005 U.S. SALES

March Month % March CYTD %
2005 2004 Change 2005 2004 Change
S40 2,166 2,441 -11.3 6,381 5,324 19.9
V40 1 288 -99.7 2 573 -99.7
V50 466 0 NA 1,460 0 NA
S60 2,462 2,941 -16.3 6,320 8,556 -26.1
V70 659 886 -25.6 1,972 2,885 -31.6
XC70 1,264 1,231 2.7 3,410 3,301 3.3
C70 274 356 -23.0 697 898 -22.4
S80 1,166 1,681 -30.6 3,183 3,486 -8.7
XC90 3,156 3,101 1.8 8,727 8,344 4.6
Total Volvo 11,614 12,925 -10.1 32,152 33,367 -3.6

LAND ROVER BRAND MARCH 2005 U.S. SALES

March Month % March CYTD %
2005 2004 Change 2005 2004 Change
Range Rover 867 914 -5.1 2,515 2,547 -1.3
LR3 1,797 0 NA 4,611 0 NA
Discovery 124 1,181 -89.5 627 3,476 -82.0
Freelander 194 661 -70.7 691 2,121 -67.4
Total Land Rover 2,982 2,756 8.2 8,444 8,144 3.7
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Mazda Announces March 2005 Sales

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IRVINE, Calif. -- Mazda North American Operations today released the following sales figures for March 2005:

Mazda North American Operations - March 2005

Month-To-Date Year-To-Date

March March % March March %
2005 2004 Change 2005 2004 Change

Mazda3 9,455 7,173 31.8% 21,728 16,689 30.2%

Mazda6 6,791 6,428 5.6% 18,248 15,448 18.1%

RX8 2,489 2,373 4.9% 4,917 6,027 -18.4%

Miata 680 1,153 -41.0% 1,769 2,498 -29.2%

Protege 0 1,166 -100.0% 1 5,507 -100.0%

626 0 4 -100.0% 2 8 -75.0%

Millenia 0 7 -100.0% 0 15 -100.0%

MPV 1,452 2,153 -32.6% 4,513 5,189 -13.0%

Mazda Truck 1,188 979 21.3% 2,285 2,819 -18.9%

Tribute 4,098 3,885 5.5% 10,556 10,147 4.0%

Total Vehicles

CARS 19,415 18,304 6.1% 46,665 46,192 1.0%

TRUCKS 6,738 7,017 -4.0% 17,354 18,155 -4.4%

TOTAL 26,153 25,321 3.3% 64,019 64,347 -0.5%

MEMO:

IMPORT CAR 12,624 11,872 6.3% 28,415 30,736 -7.6%
IMPORT TRUCK 1,452 2,153 -32.6% 4,513 5,189 -13.0%
IMPORT TOTAL 14,076 14,025 0.4% 32,928 35,925 -8.3%

DOMESTIC CAR 6,791 6,432 5.6% 18,250 15,456 18.1%
DOMESTIC TRUCK 5,286 4,864 8.7% 12,841 12,966 -1.0%
DOMESTIC TOTALS 12,077 11,296 6.9% 31,091 28,422 9.4%

Note: Protege, 626 and Millennia are discontinued vehicles.
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