New Mondeo, recovering economy boost Ford sales in Europe; 6,700 orders for new Mustang

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Ford of Europe says sales rose 16 percent in June as demand jumped for its mid-size Mondeo in a recovering European market.

The company said Tuesday that sales rose 55 percent for the new version of the Mondeo, sold as the Fusion in the U.S.

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The company also saw stronger demand for its Kuga and EcoSport SUVs, a segment that has seen good growth.

Europe marketing chief Roelant de Waard credited the new models as well as a rebound in economies that suffered most during Europe's financial crisis, such as Italy, Spain, Portugal and Ireland.

He said the company was seeing more customers choosing higher-priced versions of a given model: "You can see customers spending more money, and in this case in particular buying richer vehicles."