Ford’s July sales rise 1% in Europe on SUV demand

August 17, 2018 06:01 CET
UPDATED: Aug. 17 14:44 CET – adds correction

Ford’s new-car sales in Europe rose 1.4 percent to 74,300 last month as strong demand for the EcoSport and Kuga SUVs helped lift the brand.

SUV sales now account for more than one in five Ford vehicles sold across the company’s 20 traditional European markets, the automaker said in a statement.

Monthly sales of the EcoSport rose 110 percent to 10,500, while demand for the Kuga rose 5 percent to 12,800.

Demand for the automaker’s best-selling model, the Fiesta, rose 63 percent to 20,700.

Through July, sales were flat, falling 0.2 percent to 843,800.

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that Ford’s Europe sales rose  5.9 percent last month, when in fact they actually rose 1.4 percent.

You can reach David Jolley at djolley@crain.com.

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