Analysts are saying that Ford Motor Company may have earned a record $2.7 billion pretax profit in North America during the first quarter of 2013, a number that represents its highest first quarter profit ever. The impressive earnings are further proof that the American automaker is making a solid comeback as the economy begins to recover.

Morgan Stanley and JP Morgan Chase are estimating that Ford's first quarter North American profit may have topped 12 percent. The firm cited the automaker's fresh lineup, but noted that CEO Alan Mulally needs to uphold the pace as the company works to gain ground in the car and utility segments.

Ford's success has been led by increased demand for its F-Series pickup, the best-selling vehicle in the US for 31 years, and by the Fusion sedan that recently recorded its best-ever quarterly sales in the domestic market. Ford is expected to release its first-quarter revenue on Wednesday, of this week.


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      Brodz
      • 1 Year Ago
      Way to go Ford!
      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      Congrats Mulally and team.
      mikeybyte1
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is really impressive news for Ford, especially with the Fusion having it's best quarter ever. If you recall, there was a....recall on the 1.6 turbo models early on. This hit the Escape as well. Then you have the claims about poor mileage, and Consumer Reports trashing the MyFord Touch system. Despite all of that they are making great strides with all of their new vehicles. I think it means consumers are a bit more forgiving and understanding than journalists/media believe. Ford has many very competitive products now. It's a great line up, which is why they are selling so well. Congrats to all involved!
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      Hampton
      • 1 Year Ago
      Strong product and great reliability are at the other end of the equation. PS When is the concept Ford Bronco going into production ? And while You're at it do a Mustang based Lincoln
      Andrew
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ford sucks
        Dean Hammond
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Andrew
        yep....ALL THE WAY TOP THE BANK......lol
        Jarda
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Andrew
        #crymoar
        Lynchenstein
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Andrew
        .Ford sucks...the customers and profits away from GM and Chrysler and Toyota by making stuff people are happy to pay for. You obviously didn't finish your sentence as you were too gobsmacked by the record profits they're making.
        protovici
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Andrew
        Don't mistake that for something your good at doing...... *******. Stupid people.
      Chris Zeidler
      • 1 Year Ago
      Profits from false mileage and towing claims. lol
        Luke
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Chris Zeidler
        *Yawn* Can your half-ton pull a 36-foot toyhauler with a total weight of ~10,900 lbs along with four adults and all their gear for a weekend of motocross at 70MPH on the freeway in 6th gear? Probably not. Then, add 6 miles of 16% grade. Absolutely not. Only the Ford F150 with EcoBoost or the 6.2L can do that. Nothing false there. You want false towing claims? How about the Tundra and the Shuttle? Can't wait for that to blow up in their face. Considering I've seen an adult male pull a 747 on level ground, the Tundra wasn't that impressive. Unless you've heard of Ford admitting to fudging numbers (like Kia/Hyundai), then your argument is invalid. They have admitted to no wrongdoing, so unless you can prove otherwise move along.
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          @Luke
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      Street King
      • 1 Year Ago
      Biggest profits with arguably their best line-up of cars ever, too. This is pretty surreal because Ford never went through Chapter 11 and got to toss away the trash. If it means one thing, its that the days of 1990\'s de-contented junk are over. I\'d pin this on the UAW concessions (thanks for Chrysler and GM) as well as proper Management by Mulally.
      Luke
      • 1 Year Ago
      Corporate turnaround: You're doing it right. Mullaly truly seems to have the Midas touch. Hopefully Ford doesn't do what Boeing's done when he leaves....
      Stomp and steer
      • 1 Year Ago
      If it wasnt for their trucks they'd be last.....
        protovici
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Stomp and steer
        Who makes the Mustang, Focus, Escape, and the other cars? How wait, Ford does. Simple minds.
          Dean Hammond
          • 1 Year Ago
          @protovici
          YOU FORGOT SEGMENT LEADERS LIKE EDGE EXPLORER AND FUSION.........
          protovici
          • 1 Year Ago
          @protovici
          "and the other cars?"...... covering all areas with that.
          Dean Hammond
          • 1 Year Ago
          @protovici
          protovici....just adding more drama and an exclamation point....Stomp and Steer needs punishing....
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        @Stomp and steer
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          riserburn99andre
          • 1 Year Ago
          Ford got lucky and hawked everything for low interest loans in the mid 2000s. GM and Cerberus were depending on the 15 million car sold a year market when the financial system collapsed. Sure give kudos to who ever it's called luck
          riserburn99andre
          • 1 Year Ago
          Because GM actually has vehicles that compete in almost every segment. Ford doesn't compete against German luxury brands and doesn't sell enough entry lux, oh wait they obsfuscate that with their titanium trim and Lincoln trim levels.
          Dean Hammond
          • 1 Year Ago
          riserburn99andre...obviously worked out so well for GM that they required financial assistance.....so who has the better game plan and, dare I say...management.?....
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      gop.hates.america
      • 1 Year Ago
      ... but... but ... the unions were going to kill the auto industry. and bailout was going to keep GM on a downward spiral final score: America 1; Conservatives 0
        Sol
        • 1 Year Ago
        @gop.hates.america
        Hmm you forgot to mention the massive federal bailout that allowed GM to dump a bunch of debt and restructure their union contracts and for Fiat to buy Chrysler but you're a worthless little troll just look at your name so meh
        Drew Smith
        • 1 Year Ago
        @gop.hates.america
        What the HECK are you talking about!? Ford didn\'t take a bailout you idiot. Stop politictrolling a no political issue. Just be happy that a totally American thing like pickup trucks are dominating the numbers.
        merlot066
        • 1 Year Ago
        @gop.hates.america
        Was your head up your assend for the passage of gun control measures? Conservatives have more than 0 on their tally. I was in favor of most of the gun control measures but you're just a moron. Go away.
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