Ford's US sales flat in September as truck sales fall

DETROIT – Ford Motor Co. says its U.S. sales were flat in September as increases in sales of cars and SUVs were weighed down by lower truck sales.

Ford’s truck sales fell 7.6 per cent, largely because of the discontinuation of the Ranger small pickup. The Ranger was a strong seller last September. Sales of the F-Series large pickup were up 1 per cent over last year.

Ford said sales of SUVs were up 8.7 per cent. The new Ford Escape small SUV saw a 14.5 per cent jump and the Explorer large SUV was up 19 per cent.

Car sales were up 1.6 per cent, led by strong sales of the Ford Focus. Sales of the outgoing Fusion midsize sedan dropped 37 per cent as Ford began shipping a new version of the Fusion to dealerships.