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Ford Motor Co. on Friday said its sales in Europe last month rose 6.3 percent for its best April since 2009.

The Dearborn automaker sold 113,400 vehicles last month in its 20 traditional European markets as its market share fell 0.3 of a percentage point to 7.6 percent.

“We are off to a fast start in 2016, especially with our new SUVs, commercial vehicles and incredible performance line-up,” Roelant de Waard, vice president, Marketing, Sales and Service, Ford of Europe, said in a statement. “With Mustang becoming Germany’s top-selling sports car among retail buyers, and Focus RS beating some of the German premium sports car brands in comparison tests, shows that Ford can compete and win against the premium brands when we play to our strengths.”

Ford’s commercial sales were up 18.9 percent and market share rose 12.3 percent thanks to increased demand for its Ranger midsize pickup and Transit vans.

Highlights included Kuga’s best-ever April sales of 9,800, up almost 14 percent from the same month a year ago. Sales of Ford’s performance vehicles were up 62 percent.

Ford made $259 million in Europe in 2015 for its first profit in the region since 2011.

Later this year, Ford will launch a new Kuga and Edge, as well as an all-new Fiesta ST200.

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