DETROIT -- Hot F-series pickups and Fusion sedans boosted Ford Motor Co.'s May U.S. sales 22 percent to 196,671 light vehicles.
F-series pickup sales jumped 49 percent to almost 50,000 units, driven by surprisingly high sales of the Super Duty heavyweight version, said George Pipas, Ford's chief sales analyst.
“We expected to sell 4,400 of the new-generation Super Duty units, but we sold more than 9,000 of those and another 9,000 of the old Super Duty,” he said. “For the month, the Super Duty is 36 percent of all F-series sales.”
With 22,381 sold , the Ford Fusion sedan set another monthly sales record, the 12th in the past 13 months, Pipas said.
“Fusion is just like the Energizer Bunny,” he said.
May was the sixth straight month that Ford posted a gain of more than 20 percent.
For the first five months this year, Ford's sales are 805,662, up 30 percent from the same period in 2009.
In May, all the sales growth was in the Ford brand, which rose 28 percent to 175,370 cars and light trucks. Volvo sales fell 17 percent, Mercury slid 11 percent and Lincoln dropped 9 percent.
The Ford brand's share of total sales by the automaker rose to 89 percent from 85 percent a year earlier.
In May, fleet sales accounted for 36 percent of domestic-brand Ford sales, with sales to commercial and government buyers larger than those to daily rental fleets, Pipas said. He expects full-year fleet sales to total 30 percent of the company's sales, with daily rental fleet volume to be about 40 percent of the fleet total.