Ford is ready to call the ball on its 2013 sales totals, predicting a first-place finish for units sold in the US for a single brand. The company anticipates selling more than 2.4 million vehicles when all vehicle sales over the last 12 months have been tallied, repeating the victory it trumpeted over Toyota last year.

According to Ford's accounting, it sold 329,677 more vehicles than did Toyota in 2012. This year, the Blue Oval expects that margin to grow; through the end of November, Ford says it has outsold Toyota by 396,041 units.

Retail sales of Ford products are projected to exceed 1.7 million units for 2013 (the best retail result in 6 years for the company), with passenger cars accounting for 600k of that total. The redesigned Fusion is expected to crest the 290k mark, and the Fiesta is said to be ready to hit a model-record of 70k-plus. Meanwhile, utility vehicles and trucks are still paying a lot of bills in Dearborn, with the new Escape racking up an expected 300k sales and F-Series trucks chugging along at 688,810 units sold thru November.

The full Ford press release, replete with more chest-thumping sales figures, can be found below.
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FORD EXPECTS BEST-SELLING BRAND REPEAT IN UNITED STATES FOR FOURTH STRAIGHT YEAR

- 2013 retail sales up 15 percent year-to-date, as share grows across entire Ford lineup of cars, utilities, trucks and electrified vehicles
- Strong growth driven by western and southeastern regions of United States
- Ford brand expects to sell more than 2.4 million vehicles for 2013
- Ford brand sales lead through November increases to 396,041 units over second-place Toyota brand
- With more than 2.4 million vehicles sold, Ford expects to retain its title as best-selling vehicle brand in the United States in 2013, and has widened its lead over Toyota.

"The great news is that we are not overly reliant on any one segment – we're seeing double-digit sales growth in cars, trucks and utilities," said John Felice, vice president, U.S. marketing, sales and service. "The Ford brand has had more retail share growth than any other brand in the country, with our most significant gains coming from import-dominated coastal markets. With 16 launches next year, we're looking to keep our sales momentum going."

For the full year in 2012, the Ford brand lead over Toyota totaled 329,677 vehicles. While December sales are not finalized, Ford expects that number to grow substantially. Through November, Ford's lead over Toyota has widened to 396,041 vehicles.

Retail sales
Ford brand retail sales are up 15 percent through November of this year, compared to 12 percent for the brand overall. The strongest retail sales growth is coming from the traditionally import-dominated western and southeastern regions of the country. Ford retail sales are up 23 percent in the West, while Southeast region sales are up 18 percent.

Ford brand retail sales are expected to surpass 1.7 million vehicles in 2013, which makes this the company's best retail sales performance in six years. Passenger car retail sales will surpass 600,000 vehicles – the highest volume since 2000.


Growth in all segments
Ford Fiesta set a new sales record in 2013, with a projected 70,000-plus vehicles sold, while Ford Fusion had its best year ever, with sales expected to exceed 290,000 vehicles.

Ford is the best-selling utility brand for the third straight year, outselling the second-place brand by more than 30 percent. Sales of Ford utility vehicles are up 10.3 percent, to 621,652 units. Ford Escape leads this increase; Escape is projected to sell more than 300,000 units – its best-ever year since launching in 1999. Ford Explorer is up about 15 percent, and is expected to be the best-selling midsize utility vehicle in the United States for 2013. This will be the best year for Ford utility vehicle sales since 2004.

Ford brand hybrid vehicle sales are expected to exceed 80,000 vehicles this year, nearly triple the total in 2012, making 2013 the company's best-ever hybrid vehicle sales year. The all-new Ford C-MAX hybrid lineup is drawing nearly half of its customers from import brands.

An improved U.S. economy and an increase in home construction starts have helped boost Ford F-Series pickup to another sales crown as the nation's best-selling truck for 37 straight years. With 688,810 sales through November, F-Series will be the overall best-selling vehicle in America for the 32nd year.


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      Dirk Bowler
      • 1 Year Ago
      David (true ford man) is a troll, and probably has always purchased Government Motors vehicles. All modern aerodynamic vehicles suffer from the drum drum sound when one window is down. This is a result of optimized airflow while the windows are in the up position. Rolling a second window down an inch or so negates the effect. Seats, no comment on new models, I only have experience with 2005 Ford models. Of the two Fords I own, one has 185,000 miles the other has 245,000 miles, neither of which have seat issues. Why in the world would David think that trading one Fusion for another would solve the seat issue he claims? Answer, he never owned one to begin with because he is a GM troll. I hope David is happy with his Government Motors Chevrolets, I'm certain he will go through several.
        arpoker52
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Dirk Bowler
        Dick,it is past your bedtime...you can play with your toys in the morning just before mommy puts you on the school bus! You truly have a pre school mind so perhaps you should not get on the bus, mommy just wants to get rid of you for the day! BUT just in case you can understand.....I was somewhat happy with the 2012 fusion, somewhat..no car is perfect I liked the style of the 2014 my actual mpg is 22.3 I do not like that! Ford Motor Company will do nothing about my 22.3 mpg in my piece of junk 1.5 ecoboost 4 cyl ford fusion.Would your mommy buy you another toy if the manufacture of that toy would not take care of the problem.....Go ask your mommy, your daddy left you and mommy because you are stupid. So be it but remember that customer service dictates weather or not you purchase another product from that company. Yes the noise from the windows down is a problem of most new cars but not 22.3 mpg....Now go get your nipple and go to bed!
      James
      • 1 Year Ago
      Another deceptive article. Toyota is the number 1 brand when fleet sales are removed. By a longshot. But, this article failed to mention this fact, as did all the posters. But, this fact that Toyota is the #1 selling retail brand is "politically incorrect", and I am sure someone will report it.
        john96xlt
        • 1 Year Ago
        @James
        " as did all the posters." Can't read much, can you? Every troll who is a troll has been in here screaming fleet sales like it's a bad thing. It's only bad when you dump your bread and butter cars into RENTAL fleets, which Toyota (and Mazda and VW) has been doing a lot of lately. But, you failed to mention this fact, as did all the other troll posters. Toyota cannot compete with Ford's commercial truck and van business, which accounts for nearly all of it's fleet sales.
          john96xlt
          • 1 Year Ago
          @john96xlt
          I don't recall screaming about fleet sales. And yes, it's good for Ford when they have entire divisions and models dedicated to the commercial fleet market. There is a difference between Chrysler dumping Avengers and 200s into rental fleets and Ford selling F-650s and Transit Connects in fleets to businesses. But, of course you don't want to hear about that, you just want another reason to moan and complain about Ford, which is all you exist to do.
          That Guy
          • 1 Year Ago
          @john96xlt
          Funny, when the sales of any other company come out (especially GM and Chrysler) all the Ford slappies scream about fleet sales. So which is it? Or is it that they're only good for Ford and nobody else?
        • 1 Year Ago
        @James
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      James
      • 1 Year Ago
      As usual, the undereducated crowd from metro Detroit shows up telling the world stories. They try to tell us their Ford products go 200,000 miles without a single problem. Only problem is Consumer Reports tells a very different story. They collect statistics that show Ford products are bottom of the barrel in reliability. Who do you trust? Some undereducated auto worker from Michigan who is talking up their career, or Consumer Reports? On the east coast, not many new Ford products here.
        john96xlt
        • 1 Year Ago
        @James
        Who do I trust? Myself, I own Ford products, both new and old. I don't work for Ford, never have. Your little rant below about fleet sales didn't pan out, so now you're going with Consumer Reports? What's next, are you going to tell us about your grand ma that had an '89 Sable that broke down 25 times a day? Your hate for Michigan and its residents shows your ignorance and stupidity more so than just about any of the other crap you spew. You must be a very pathetic individual if you have to go around hating people you don't know because of where they live.
          James
          • 1 Year Ago
          @john96xlt
          Wow. You live in metro Detroit? I am soooo jealous.
          john96xlt
          • 1 Year Ago
          @john96xlt
          Oh yeah James, I must be from Detroit, because Ford sells no cars outside of it's city limits, right? You're such an idiot, dude, you've got to realize that when you start typing your BS, don't you? Now, go back to hating me because of where you think I might be from.
        merlot066
        • 1 Year Ago
        @James
        Consumer Reports collects data frompeople who subscribe to Consumer Reports (which is a small sample of people who generally fall within a very specific characteristic) and determine reliability data based on a very short period of time. Statistics compiled from other groups like JD Powers are compiled through a larger and more random sample and are broken down into more specific measures. Initial Quality represents problems with quality and operation of a vehicle within the first three months of ownership while dependability is sampled after three years of ownership. I am in Central New Jersey and there are Focus, Fusion, Escape, Explorer, and MKZs everywhere. When you say "East Coast" I'm picturing you somewhere in Hicksville, West Virginia. If you ever make it back to the library, try and get on the free computer for a bit longer and read up on the real Fords from this century, not the ones you imagine in your mind.
          merlot066
          • 1 Year Ago
          @merlot066
          If Aaron, BlackDouche, and ThatMoron got their IPs banned the comments would be night and day.
          James
          • 1 Year Ago
          @merlot066
          More smoke and mirrors from a Detroit operative. The top selling vehicles in the NY and NJ area are nearly all foreign nameplates. You can research that one on the web. That is what the auto industry has turned into. Complete misinformation, usually on the behalf of metro Detroit.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @merlot066
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          merlot066
          • 1 Year Ago
          @merlot066
          James, if you send me a link to show that all the best selling vehicles in NJ and NY are foreign I will eat my Ford hat and send you a cookie. That information is not out there for anyone to see. I've never seen sales of individual models broken down by state. Auto manufacturers have that information internally but I'm sure you don't have a job for an auto manufacturer (or any job for that matter). Unless you could provide us with a link then that is simply more smoke being blown out of your assend.
        richard
        • 1 Year Ago
        @James
        America would be a lot better place if we could ship you east coasters back to Asia where you all belong. Get on the freighter Asia lovers, you ain`t coming back.
        Chris
        • 1 Year Ago
        @James
        People might actually take what you have to say seriously if you didn't come across as such arrogant douche. Honestly, I didn't read the rest of your post after the first sentence because I'm interested in reading what an ignorant idiot has to say.
        cpmanx
        • 1 Year Ago
        @James
        You should take a look at the breakdown of the Consumer Reports data (it's published in the annual guide). Ford products are average or above average in essentially every reliability category except for one: electronics (MyFord Touch), with some additional transmission demerits for the dual-clutch cars. CR and CR readers hate MyFord Touch, so the magazine has heavily weighted its reliability ratings around interface complaints. Apparently 3 complaints about the screen freezing counts as 3 defects, while 1 complaint about an oil leak counts as 1 defect in CR methodology. So taking CR as your Bible is absurd.
      That Guy
      • 1 Year Ago
      Yay fleet sales!
        Dean Hammond
        • 1 Year Ago
        @That Guy
        Ever wonder why ford dominates fleet sales when theres so many other brands to choose from?.....kinda funny beating that dead horse every time isnt it Matt.
          That Guy
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dean Hammond
          I don't wonder. When you ***** your appliances out at extremely low prices, fleet sales will be high...regardless of how poor the product really is (Taurus and Explorer PIs for example). Gotta keep the lights on in the factory somehow.
      redshark81
      • 1 Year Ago
      I have always had Fords, currently a 2001 F150 Supercrew Cab, a 2010 Fusion Sport, 2005 F350 Supercrew Cab diesel Dually, and a 2005 Escape. In the past, I have also had a 1964 1/2 Mustang, a 1966 Mustang, and a 1986 Mustang GT. But my all time favorite was a 1980 Fairmont. I drove that car 50 miles each to work for over 10 years and I never did anything to it except tires, brakes, and oil changes. And I sold the car for what I paid for it!! I was born in Detroit, and to all of you that like Jap tin, go to hell.
        Jarda
        • 1 Year Ago
        @redshark81
        lol, the ending is just hilarious :))
        James
        • 1 Year Ago
        @redshark81
        Did you read the last sentence? redshark81 is definitely a highly educated Detroiter.
          john96xlt
          • 1 Year Ago
          @James
          It takes a real high education to hate people because of where they're from, right James? Glad you set such an awesome example for everybody. It's truly the mark of an educated gentleman when he goes around bad mouthing people based on where they're from, or where he ignorantly assumes they're from.
      Andrew
      • 1 Year Ago
      take a way feeet and guess what Chevy is number one freakin pathetic lets combine all GM brands and guess what GM is still number one. NICE TRY FORD
      Scott
      • 1 Year Ago
      U.S. Brands = Labor Unions = Poor Value for Money
        john96xlt
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Scott
        LOL yeah! So go buy a Mercedes-Benz! Oh, wait, they're unionized. Well, go buy a Toyota! Wait, same thing. Um, Kia? Nope, unionized. Looks like you're stuck with Chinese cars. Good luck with that.
        Emmanuel Glykas
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Scott
        What the rest of the world dons't have labor Unions? The quality of some foreign autos isn't so great either BMW,VW,Me-Benz,look into it ,and to top it off they have a very strong Union. Union is not only about money it's also about a safe place to work and equality. Do You know anyone in a Union that is rich? We are just middle class Americans.Buy American we can't afford to keep losing manufacturing jobs to countries that are out to destroy us.I Love the USA and I try to find made in the USA when ever I can.
          Michael
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Emmanuel Glykas
          Well Union bosses make pretty good money, but they're basically politicians. The guys on the floor are looking for an honest paycheck for their effort. As for M-B, they continually have the most defects coming out of their factories year after year among major automotive companies.
      richard
      • 1 Year Ago
      I`m a GM guy, but I`d rather see Ford number one than some jap garbage.
      i.own.your.ass
      • 1 Year Ago
      definitely government fleet
        • 1 Year Ago
        @i.own.your.ass
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          Dean Hammond
          • 1 Year Ago
          um, no its not, but a majority are pickups and commercial vehicles...honda make any pickup trucks or cargo vans?....LMAO....
          Dean Hammond
          • 1 Year Ago
          Aaronm.....what makes you think Fleet sales are unprofitable.....? lol, you are SADLY mistaken...
        john96xlt
        • 1 Year Ago
        @i.own.your.ass
        "definitely government fleet" If you mean police cars, then yes, they are selling a lot more police cars than GM or Chrysler.
      kennymelancon
      • 1 Year Ago
      I had a 2013 Ford fusion I could not wait to get rid of it , I owned it for 6 months it was in the shop for 5 of those 6 months with problem after problem. Of course the ford dealer could not fix it the first time, i was so happy to get rid of the car, I traded with a lost of 5000.00 to Subaru better quality car. Ford is nothing but a lie.
        merlot066
        • 1 Year Ago
        @kennymelancon
        If your car was in the shop for 5 out of 6 months you would be entitled for lemon law compensation in just about any state. The BS is strong with this one...
      c2645
      • 1 Year Ago
      Buy a Japanese car and send your money to Japan. Buy American, and help your friends and neighbors. There is much more to producing vehicles than final assembly. The anti-American crowd have been taking every opportunity to bash American cars and every opportunity to praise the foreign-owned manufacturers. Sound a little like the press and Obama. He can screw everything up and the press somehow finds a way to give him a pass. The sad thing is that so many don't realize how they are being manipulated.
        jtav2002
        • 1 Year Ago
        @c2645
        What about my friends and neighbors that are employed by the Japanese brands? And, you're absolutely right about final assembly not being about everything. That's why it's also important to note that a lot of those cars actually have just as much, if not more in some cases, of domestic sourced components. Anyone who just repeats the "your money goes to Japan" line is completely ignorant and really doesn't have much of a clue on how the auto industry works.
          john96xlt
          • 1 Year Ago
          @jtav2002
          How many people do Japanese brands employ in the US vs. US-based manufacturers?
      slloyd414
      • 1 Year Ago
      My last Ford was a piece of junk. Repairs cost so much that I finally had to sell it. Will never own another one.
        Skicat
        • 1 Year Ago
        @slloyd414
        Well, if that was 20 years ago, I believe it. If it was in the last 10 years, maybe. And there were lemon laws that you might have resorted to. If it was in the last five years, you're full of it. Basing your purchase decision on 20 or 10 year old data is pretty dumb.
        set4369
        • 1 Year Ago
        @slloyd414
        Good dont be a FORD owner then!!! Get yourself some of that GM ****! Or evenbetter some Jap Scrap!!!
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