The Ford Fusion/Mercury Milan/Lincoln Zephyr trio led the way for Ford’s car division by posting sales numbers in January that were a combined 25 percent better than in December. At this rate the three cars are estimated to achieve 220,000 sales in 2006, which is well above Ford’s estimates. In total the trio accounted for 14,714 units of Ford’s total car sales of 82,710, which is up a full 18 percent over last year.

While Ford’s truck division sales were dragged down by its SUVs, the F-150 increased its sales over the same month last year by 7 percent. Overall the Ford brand sold 3.5 percent more vehicles than it did in January of 2005.

Here’s the breakdown of how Ford’s other brands contributed to a 2.0-percent increase in sales last month for FoMoCo as a whole.

Land Rover: 33.8%
Lincoln: 26.4%
Volvo: -12.7%
Mercury: -16.5%
Jaguar: -28.9%
(Aston Martin’s numbers were not included in Ford’s press release)

Follow the jump for Ford's unfiltered numbers.

[Source: Ford]

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