Ford's US sales up 18 pct in April on demand for Escape, F-Series, Lincoln MKZ

DETROIT – Ford Motor Co. says its U.S. sales rose 18 per cent in April thanks to big demand for the recently redesigned Escape SUV.

Escape sales rose 52 per cent to nearly 26,000. It was the best April for the Escape since the vehicle first went on sale 13 years ago.

Ford’s luxury Lincoln brand also showed signs of a turnaround after years of declining sales. Sales of the new Lincoln MKZ sedan, which reached many U.S. showrooms in April, more than doubled over last year. Lincoln sales rose 21 per cent for the month.

Sales of Ford’s F-Series pickup, the bestselling vehicle in the U.S., rose 24 per cent over last April, with continuing demand from home builders and other businesses. Ford sold more than 59,000 F-Series pickups in the U.S. last month.