Ford sold 909,330 F-Series pickup trucks in the US market during 2018, making it the country’s best-selling truck for the 42nd consecutive year.
Overall, the car maker sold 2,497,318 vehicles -a 3.5 percent decrease compared to 2017- mostly because of the decline in sedans and despite record volumes in SUVs and near-record sales in trucks.
Ford sold 486,024 cars in 2018, over 2017’s 595,390, marking a 18.4 percent decline in car deliveries. SUV sales were up by 0.5 percent, making 2018 a record year for Ford SUVs.
Ford sold a total of 797,238 SUVs in 2018, over 2017’s 796,302 units sold. Sales of the Escape and Explorer fell 12 and 3.5 percent respectively, with Ford to launch their replacements later this year. The new EcoSport found 54,348 customers in 2018.
Lincoln also saw its sales falling by 6.8 percent in 2018, partly because of the Continental’s poor performance (-27.1 percent compared to 2017) and partly because the brand dialed back fleet sales in order to focus on the more profitable retail market.
Other notable figures include the Ford Fusion(-17.2 percent), the Mustang (-7.4 percent), the Expedition (+5.4 percent) and the Transit (+8.2 percent). In its first full year on sale, the Lincoln Navigator managed to sell 17,839 units.
Ford also announced it will switch to quarterly sales reports from 2019 onwards, rather than monthly reports, following GM’s strategy.