Trucks were moving off the sales lots at Ford dealerships during the third quarter of 2020. Ford Motor Co. announced that it sold 551,796 vehicles in the U.S. during the third quarter, of which 311,751 were truck models.
“Despite the challenging pandemic environment, our retail unit sales were down only 2% and we had our best third quarter of pickup truck sales since 2005. F-Series finished the quarter on a high note with September sales up 17.2% with over 76,000 F-Series pickups sold. This is a testament to our winning product portfolio and the performance of our great dealers,” said Mark LaNeve, Ford vice president, U.S. marketing sales and service.
Third quarter sales were up 27.2% relative to second quarter sales. While down 4.9% compared to a year ago, the retail and commercial sales seem to be rapidly recovering.
Ford’s SUV sales were 191,803 units in the U.S. for the third quarter. The Explorer sales total was 59,060, up 55.6% over a year ago. High-end performance ST Explorers represented 18% of Explorer’s sales and gained 8.6% over a year ago.
Lincoln retail sales increased 3.5%, fueled by a 10.2% gain in retail SUV sales. Sales of Lincoln’s best-selling vehicle, the Corsair, totaled 7,044 in third quarter 2020, an 8.0% gain.
Ford makes the Super Duty pickup, Expedition and Expedition EL/Max SUVs and the Lincoln Navigator and Navigator L SUVs at its Kentucky Truck Plant. Nearby, at the Ford Louisville Assembly Plant, the company assembles the Ford Escape SUV and the Lincoln Corsair.