Sales of the Ford Group in the United States during the first quarter of 2019 fell by 1.6%, the company announced today, which delivered a total of 590,249 vehicles in the period.
Of the two divisions of the group, the Ford brand sold 565,274 units, 2.1 less than a year ago, but the luxury brand Lincoln increased its sales by 11.2% to 24,975 units.
On Tuesday, the rest of the car manufacturers in the United States announced their sales in the quarter, which were 3.2% lower than in the same period of 2018.
FCA sold a total of 498,425 vehicles in the United States in the first quarter, 3% less than in the same period of 2018. GM dropped 7% with the delivery of 665,840 vehicles, while Toyota sold 543,716 vehicles, 5% less than in the same period of 2018.
The decline in sales of the Ford Group was the result of the deep decline in demand for saloons: The manufacturer said that in the first three months of the year it sold 98,265 sedans, 23.7% less than in 2018.
The sales of SUV vans and SUVs partially offset these losses: Ford delivered 278,898 vans in the period, 4.1% more, and 213,086 SUV SUVs, 5% higher than a year ago.
Mark LaNeve, vice president of Ford for Sales in the United States, was optimistic after the quarterly results.
"First-quarter sales were solid for Ford, and our winning portfolio continues to produce results," LaNeve said in a statement.
"The F Series (of trucks) expanded our leadership position while others suffered to reach second place, we have a close connection with our customers, which allows us to produce what they need in their vans," the executive added.
Ford detailed that it delivered 94,585 units of the F Series in the quarter, 15,939 more than in 2018, with an average sales price per van of 47,454 dollars.
Other of the most popular models of the quarter were the SUV EcoSport SUVs, whose sales increased by 111.3% to 12,879 units, and Expedition (21,773 units, a growth of 61.9%) as well as the Transit Connect van, of which the company sold 8,940 units, 34.7% more than a year ago.