Ford Motor Company stated car sales for 2005 were up two percent compared to 2004, making 2005 the first time car sales were up for the company since 1999. Sales in December for the Ford Five Hundred were up forty-five percent higher; Mercury Montego by eighty-five percent; Mustang sales by twenty four percent in comparison to 2004.
Demand for its new vehicles have been high as well: combined sales of the Ford Fusion, Mercury Milan, and the Lincoln Zephyr were up by thirty three percent since November of last year.
"Consumer response to our new mid-size sedans has exceeded our expectations," said Steve Lyons, Ford group vice president, North America Marketing, Sales, and Service. "We're confident we can build on our car sales success in 2006."
Demand for the Ford Freestyle, Mercury Mariner, F-Series trucks, and the company’s Land Rover division products were up as well.