Ford’s Europe sales rise 1.5% in May

Michael Martinez
The Detroit News

Ford Motor Co.’s sales in Europe rose 1.5 percent last month, driven by new products.

The Dearborn automaker’s sales there have risen 9.3 percent to 541,900 through the first five months of the year. Its market share was flat last month at 7.8 percent, but has risen 0.2 percentage points to 8.1 percent through the first five months of the year.

“New products are driving our sales growth in 2015 and we expect to continue building momentum as the year goes on and we launch even more new models,” Roelant de Waard, vice president, marketing, sales and service, Ford of Europe, said in a statement. “Our new Mondeo and new Transit commercial vehicle line-up are helping us to reach new customers. Now we are shipping all-new S-MAX, new C-MAX, Mondeo Vignale and Mustang to dealers.”

Sales of the Mondeo rose 14 percent in May, and are up 75 percent through the first five months of the year. Kuga sales reached its highest levels since it was first introduced in 2008.

Ford said about 5,000 customers in Europe have ordered the new Mustang, which will go on sale this summer.

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