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2010 was a good year for Ford. The Blue Oval outsold long-time rival Chevrolet by 160,000 units, but that's not the only area where Ford managed a lead over the Bowtie. Ward's Automotive reports that the Dearborn automaker ended the year with 47 more U.S. dealerships than its cross-town nemesis. The General lost 372 dealers during 2010, compared to just 61 for Ford.

Both companies shed a lot more dealers when counting all the brands that fall under their respective umbrellas, and both moves have helped helped remaining retail stores increase profits. In fact, Wards claims that sales are up between 38 and 129 percent per store. But given the atrocious 2009 automakers endured, 2010 looked like a dream year despite the fact that sales were still among the lowest in three decades. In all, there are about 17,660 car dealerships in the U.S. spanning all automakers.

[Source: Ward's Automotive | Image: Paul Sakuma/AP]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Lets not make this yet another Ford vs Chevy thing!

      I hope both, along with Chrysler start kicking some foriegn ass.

      We need to stop bleeding.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It'll be tough for Chrysler to kick "foreign ass" when a good part of its own ass is foreign.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I wonder if this is a good or bad thing.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The other 75% tax payer and Union employee owned.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Amen to that. I'm a Ford guy but I hope GM and Chrysler stay on the current path of building better products.

      I can't help thinking about the Chrysler Super Bowl ad and what it should have been. Ford, GM and Chrysler together in one commercial that represents the American automotive industry. Different companies and different strategies but they are all fighting to stay alive and relevant.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If a country like the US can`t support 3 domestic automotive manufactures we are screwed.

        We does Japan have like 7 or 8 ?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Having more dealerships is NOT necessarily a good thing.

      The Detroit car makers have been trying to cut down their dealership numbers for years now and it looks like GM is actually ahead in doing so.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I do think if Toyota had more dealers they would have more market share.

        Both East and West coast of the US has a lot of foreign cars on the road.

        In the heartland Toyota and Honda dealers are few and far between.

        Their are a lot of Hyundais in my town because theres a dealer along with D3 products.

        Not that many Toyotas Hondas and Nissans

        Here in Michigans` U.P.
      • 4 Years Ago
      One of our local Ford dealers has approx 10 F-150's sitting in the front lot and nothing else, not sure if they are open or not. They were at one time the largest dealer in the area. I think it had something to do with the Ford plant closing across the street from them.
      • 4 Years Ago
      if the import automakers show you anything is that more dealers doesnt mean more sales...I still think they need to cut some more fat..
      • 4 Years Ago
      Go Ford!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Perhaps, perhaps not. It depends.
        • 4 Years Ago

        Its not a good thing to be ahead in dealership count.
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