Ford's US sales rise 11 pct in 2011

This Dec. 14, 2011 photo, shows a 2012 Ford Focus on the assembly line at the Ford Michigan Assembly plant in Wayne, Mich. Ford brand small car sales were up 25 percent in 2011, with 244,291 vehicles sold, while utilities increased 31 percent with 579,626 sales. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Photo by Paul Sancya

This Dec. 14, 2011 photo, shows a 2012 Ford Focus on the assembly line at the Ford Michigan Assembly plant in Wayne, Mich. Ford brand small car sales were up 25 percent in 2011, with 244,291 vehicles sold, while utilities increased 31 percent with 579,626 sales. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

DETROIT — Ford Motor Co.'s U.S. sales rose 11 percent in 2011 thanks to strong demand for its trucks and SUVs.

Ford sold 2.1 million vehicles last year, a sign of the industry's continuing recovery. It was the first time the Ford brand has passed the 2 million mark since before the recession in 2007.

Strong sellers included the new Ford Explorer SUV, which more than doubled sales from 2010. The Escape small SUV and Ranger small pickup also posted big increases.

Ford's car sales rose 4 percent. Sales of the Fiesta subcompact nearly tripled over 2010, but Ford didn't get much traction with its new Focus small car.

Ford's Lincoln brand sales were flat.

Ford says December sales climbed 10 percent over the same month last year.

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bigA writes:

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Sorry but you are wrong. I have worked for automotive suppliers and the fact is most of them do not just support American car companies, they support whoever will buy their products. The company I used to work for supplied Ford, GM, Nissan, Honda, Hyundia, etc... Why can't we let a car company stand and fall on it's own merits? GM should have declared bankruptcy and restructured by itself. As it is right now, we are going to lose our shirts on the deal. I'm the owner of new Fords but used to buy foreign models. Ford has really raised the bar on quality and quality of materials they put in their cars. This is why their sales have increased, not because of a bailout. They are attracting buyers with better products unlike GM who still sales cheaply made interiors and panel gaps you can put your hand through.

bigA writes:

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There is a big difference. Tax subsidies means they don't have to pay a certain amount of taxes on money they make whereas with GM, we gave them a lot of money that WE didn't have. See the difference? We gave the money to a failure of a company. In fact, their development is still failing. Just look at the Chevy Volt. Your tax money is going to that car whether you own one or not.

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