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Ford's US sales up 14 pct on F-Series, Fusion, but Focus falters

DETROIT – Ford Motor Co.’s U.S. sales rose 14 per cent in October as demand for F-Series pickups continued despite the government shutdown.

F-Series sales were up 13 per cent to 63,803. It was the sixth straight month that F-Series sales have topped 60,000. The last time that happened was 2006.

Fusion sedan sales jumped 71 per cent over last October, when the old model was being phased out. Ford says it’s seeing strong Fusion sales on the East and West coasts.

Ford’s car sales rose 16.5 per cent thanks to increases for the Fusion and Taurus. But sales of the Focus small car fell 17.5 per cent while the C-Max hybrid fell 20.5 per cent. Ford recently announced it will idle the Michigan plant where both vehicles are made for two weeks to cut down on inventory.