Cars tough sell
Meanwhile, cars are proving a tough sell for Ford, as with much of the industry.
Sales for the year fell 22 percent for the Ford Taurus, 7.8 percent for the Focus and 2.2 percent for the Fusion. A freshened Fusion is expected to be unveiled at next week’s Detroit auto show.
In contrast, Mustang sales rose 48 percent in 2015, easily beating the Chevrolet Camaro for the first time since 2009.
At Lincoln, sales were up 12 percent in December and 7.1 percent on the year, to 101,227. Yet only two of its six nameplates -- the MKC and Navigator -- posted gains in 2015. December was the first 10,000-unit month for Lincoln in six years. A freshened MKZ and the new Continental sedan are on the way in late 2016.