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May 2006 Sales: Ford Motor Company

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May 2006 Sales: Ford Motor Company

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-Fusion sales were 14,940, up 18 percent from previous best month.

-Fusion, Milan and Zephyr sales totaled best ever 20,267.

-Focus sales (20,391) highest since last August.

-CUVs up 12 percent; Escape and Mariner hybrids up 132 percent.

-Total car sales up 6.4 percent; truck sales down 6.6 percent; total vehicle sales down 1.9 percent.

-Ford announces third quarter North American production plans.

FORD FUSION SALES SOAR IN MAY; CUVS AND HYBRIDS ALSO ADVANCE

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Northstar    11

A much better month for Ford than GM, but it appears the Mustang is already slowing down significantly. My dealer has 28 (!!!) Mustangs for sale, while they have about 10 Fusions usually, not a good balance at all.

GM could learn something from Ford about having new CARS on the market right now instead of new trucks. Until the Aura and new Aveo come, GM's "launch" vehicles are going to be hampered by gas prices.

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sciguy_0504    0

Jaguar needs that $2 billion infusion to produce results immediately. An increase in XK sales is not going to cut it. The new C70 from Volvo is needed now more than ever; does anyone know when the new one is going to be released? The new Expedition is needed, too. Ford also needs a sub-economy car, IMO.

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Good for Ford, but I'd like to know if there's not an increase of fleet sales and rentals.

Fusion fleet sales have been held to less than 15% (I believe it is actually around 10%). Ford does not need to dump Fusions on the rental market, as they have the Taurus for that.

When the Taurus stops production, Ford is still planning on limiting rental fleet sales of the Fusion and 500 greatly. My understanding is that they do not want more than 15% of sales of either............... to all fleet sales.

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Jaguar needs that $2 billion infusion to produce results immediately.  An increase in XK sales is not going to cut it.  The new C70 from Volvo is needed now more than ever; does anyone know when the new one is going to be released?  The new Expedition is needed, too.  Ford also needs a sub-economy car, IMO.

No Ford needs to dump Jaguar and Volvo and spend that 2 billion on Ford brand cars. They could start with a competitive economy car and a real Minivan.

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