LAS VEGAS -- Ford Motor Co. is looking to sell 100,000 units annually of the new Ford Flex crossover.
The 100,000 threshold absolutely is possible for the 2009 Flex, said Jim Farley, Ford group vice president of marketing and communications.
Thats what were looking at production wise, Farley told reporters at a press event here.
The Flex goes on sale this summer. Ford is counting on new products such as the Flex, the 2009 Lincoln MKS sedan and the revamped 2009 Ford F-150 pickup to help lift sales in the second half of this year.
Industry sales are shaping up to be toughest of the year during the ongoing second quarter, Farley said.
Flex will benefit the natural traffic historically generated by Fords Explorer and Expedition SUVs, he said.
Flex will find a lot of full-size SUV customers, and a lot of people who havent bought Fords are going to buy it, Farley said. So I think that will really help us in the third quarter.