But the vast majority of Ford's profits come from the U.S., where the automaker is enjoying a potent combination of rising prices and increasing sales.
Ford's average transaction price rose $2,100, or 6.6 percent, from September 2014 to September 2015, according to data it provided from the Power Information Network.
That surge, on top of a 23 percent sales gain for the month, translates to a revenue increase of $1.8 billion, or 31 percent.
The higher pricing is a legacy of Fields' predecessor, Alan Mulally, who worked to elevate Ford slightly above other mainstream competitors with innovative features and in-vehicle technology.
"Ford clearly, coming out of the recession, was able to take advantage of all the investing they did during the downturn," said Stephen Brown, an analyst with Fitch Ratings, which has rated Ford's outlook as positive since mid-2014. "GM has been closing that gap, but Ford is still a little bit ahead."
Many of Ford's higher-volume nameplates, including the F series, Escape, Fusion and Focus, command prices that are at least several hundred dollars above the average for their segment. The Edge, redesigned for the 2015 model year, sells for an average of $2,739 more than a typical midsize utility, according to Kelley Blue Book.
Sales are up significantly in the Ford brand's most profitable segments, with utility vehicles rising 16 percent in the third quarter -- including a 25 percent gain for the highly profitable, newly freshened Explorer -- and other light trucks up 14 percent. It introduced the $54,000 Explorer Platinum during the quarter and has a $60,000-and-up Limited version of the F-150 on the way.
But sales of cars such as the Fusion and Focus have dropped, and Escape sales were negative in the first eight months of the year, until a big September reversed that. Dealers are eagerly awaiting freshened versions of the Fusion and Escape coming next year. The two nameplates combine to account for about a quarter of the brand's sales.
"It's really important that we have Escape and Fusion hit the ball out of the park with regard to quality and a great launch," said Vince Pavone, dealer principal at Lakeview Ford-Lincoln in Battle Creek, Mich.
Lincoln sales rose 15 percent in the quarter, though Ford still has plenty of work ahead for its luxury brand.
Ford's willingness to sacrifice some market share as it revamped its lineup and focused on setting itself up for longer-term success showed more discipline than it had historically, said Karl Brauer, KBB's senior director of insights.
"They're getting better at looking at the long game and not playing the quarterly numbers game as much," Brauer said. "You're seeing that pay off as the product has a nice cadence, their pricing discipline's pretty solid and they've got technology prepping them for the future."