Ford of Europe's sales fell nearly 5 percent in July as the economic downturn affected new-car sales in Europe.
Ford's sales in its 51 European markets were down 4.7 percent in July to 149,800 units, compared with the same month in 2007.
The carmaker's European sales for seven months increased 2 percent to 1,196,200 vehicles.
"Despite the economic headwinds affecting the industry, we are on track to sell more vehicles than we did last year -- and 2007 was already a record year for us," Ingvar Sviggum, Ford of Europe's head of marketing, sales and service, said in a statement.
Last year, Ford of Europe sold 1,898,700 vehicles.
The Ford Focus lower-medium car was the automaker's top seller with 31,200 vehicles sold during July, 1,200 down from 2007.
Sviggum said new products such as the Fiesta small car will help Ford during the downturn.
"Early reactions to our new Fiesta make us confident that we are adding another cornerstone to continue the upward trend of the Ford brand despite adverse economic conditions," he said.
Ford kept its market share in its 19 western European markets at 8.4 percent in July, although sales were down 6.6 percent to 117,200 vehicles.