Published on December 13th, 2015 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Ford pushing strong in Europe with 20% increase in sales
Ford’s European sales rose 20 percent in November and improved its market share on rising demand for its newest passenger cars, SUVs and commercial vehicles. It was Ford’s best November in Europe since 2009. Ford sold 101,500 vehicles in its 20 traditional European markets* last month, and 1,181,200 vehicles in the first 11 months of the year. This marked a year-over-year sales increase of 20.5% and 9.9%, respectively. Industry sales were up 13.9 percent in November, and 9.0 percent year-to-date.
Ford’s total vehicle market share in the 20 markets grew 0.4 percentage points to 7.9 percent in November, and by 0.1 percentage point to 8.1 percent year-to-date. Across all 50 European markets, Ford’s market share improved by 0.7 percentage points to 7.6 percent in November, and by 0.5 percentage points to 7.7 percent year-to-date. Ford’s sales in the higher value retail and fleet market, accounted for 78 percent of its car sales in November, 3 percentage points better than a year ago and 5 percentage points better than the industry average.
Ford passenger car market share was 7.0 percent in November, up 0.3 percentage points year-over-year. More than 12,000 European customers have now ordered the all-new Ford Mustang which went on-sale in Europe this summer for the first time in the icon’s 51-year history. Sales of the all-new Mondeo were up 350 percent in November, and have increased by 76 percent year-to-date. Customer orders in November for the new C-MAX were up 25 percent. Year-to-date sales of the Fiesta – at 288,900 units – were the highest since 2011, and the Fiesta was the No.1 small car in Europe for the first 10 months of 2015, according to the latest data from Jato Dynamics.
Ford’s SUV range also continued to increase sales. Kuga sales rose 25 percent in November and 19 percent year-to-date. With sales of 93,000 units so far this year, Kuga is enjoying its best sales year since the first-generation vehicle was launched in 2008. Sales of the EcoSport compact SUV doubled in November compared with the same month last year, and have tripled year-to-date.
Ford was Europe’s No.1 commercial vehicles brand for sales in November and year-to-date as demand continues to grow for the new and expanded Transit range – including Transit, Transit Custom, Transit Connect and Transit Courier – and the Ranger pickup. Ford commercial vehicle sales were up 24 percent for both the month and year-to-date. Ford’s share of the commercial vehicle market was up 0.7 percentage points to 13.3 percent in November, and rose by 1.3 percentage points to 12.7 percent year-to-date – the best market shares for both periods since 1996. Customer orders for Ford commercial vehicles grew 34 percent year-over-year in November.
Demand for the Ranger pickup also grew with sales up 10 percent in November and 32 percent year-to-date – the best sales figures since the model’s launch in 1999. Ranger was the No. 1 pickup in Europe in the first 10 months this year, according to the latest data from Jato Dynamics.