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Ford Motor Co. on Wednesday said its September Europe sales increased 8 percent last month thanks to new offerings like the Mondeo and its family of SUVs, and a continued strong demand for its commercial vehicles.

The Dearborn automaker sold 140,300 vehicles in its 20 traditional European markets last month. Through the first nine months of the year, sales are up 10 percent.

Ford’s market share through the first three quarters of the year is 8.1 percent, and it is the No. 1 brand for commercial vehicle sales so far this year. In 2012, it was the No. 7 commercial brand.

“We offer our customers not only one of the freshest and broadest vehicle line-ups in the industry, but also a wide range of technology options, including our fuel efficient EcoBoost petrol engines,” Roelant de Waard, vice president of marketing, sales and service, Ford of Europe, said in a statement. “Today, one of four cars is ordered with Ford EcoBoost technology, and one of five with the multi-award winning 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine.”

Ford said almost 10,000 Europeans have ordered the all-new Mustang, which for the first time is being sold globally. Mustang sales increased 45 percent in September compared to the same month a year ago.

The company’s passenger car sales were driven by the all-new Mondeo, up 45 percent, and the Kuga, whose sales were the highest since its 2008 launch.

Ford’s Fiesta compact car is the best-selling small car in Europe through the first eight months of the year, Ford said.

Ford’s commercial sales were driven by the Transit family of vans and the Ranger midsize truck. Ranger sales were up 17 percent in September, and it was the No. 1 pickup in Europe through the first seven months of the year — the most recent data available.

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