Ford's US sales flat in August as truck sales slow

MarketsAssociated Press

Ford's U.S. sales were flat in August as slowing pickup truck sales masked gains elsewhere.

Ford is offering fewer discounts on F-Series trucks to limit sales while it closes plants to prepare for a new F-150, which will go on sale later this year.

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As a result, F-Series truck sales fell 4 percent in August to 68,109.

The Ford Fusion midsize sedan set an August sales record, with sales up 19.5 percent to 29,452. Ford's car sales rose 2 percent overall.

SUV sales were stronger, up 5 percent. Explorer SUV sales jumped 25 percent to 17,748, while sales of the smaller Escape SUV rose 8.5 percent to 28,996.

Lincoln brand sales rose less than 1 percent to 8,146 despite the arrival of the MKC, a new small SUV.