Ford’s June sales in Europe rise 15.8%

Michael Martinez
The Detroit News

Ford Motor Co. on Tuesday said its sales in Europe rose 15.8 percent last month and sales there are up 10.5 percent through the first six months of 2015, outpacing the growth of the overall industry despite financial trouble in Greece.

The Dearborn automaker sold 126,800 vehicles in total in its 20 traditional European markets last month, and 668,800 vehicles during the first six months of the year. By comparison, the industry overall grew 15.1 percent in June and 8.6 percent through the first half of the year, Ford said.

The company’s total vehicle market share was 8.1 percent both for June and the first half of the year, up 0.1 percentage point and 0.2 percentage points, respectively. Ford remained the No. 2 brand in Europe for passenger car, commercial vehicle and total vehicle sales in the first half of year. Ford gained the No 2 best-selling commercial vehicle brand position earlier this year; in 2012, it was No. 7.

“We delivered a strong first half of 2015 and expect to continue our momentum with a host of new vehicles — including S-Max, Galaxy, C-Max, Mondeo, Vignale and Mustang — reaching dealerships this summer,” Roelant de Waard, vice president, marketing, sales and service, Ford of Europe, said in a statement. “This historic product push is well timed as we have started opening a network of flagship FordStores in cities across Europe, offering a truly modern and world class experience for customers.”

SUV sales were strong through the first half of the year, Ford said. Sales of the Kuga are up 24 percent year-to-date, and sales of the EcoSport compact SUV more than doubled in June compared to the same month a year ago.

Sales of Fiesta, which has been Europe’s best-selling small car since 2012, increased 24 percent in June.

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