FordFord Motor (F) reported higher sales in September on strong demand for fresh models, as sales rose 46% compared to September 2009, the company said Friday.

Ford credited strong gains in sales of utility vehicles, which include the growing crossover segment. Utility vehicle sales jumped 60%, while demand for Ford's popular F-Series line of pickup trucks advanced 40%, the company said.

"The key to our success in the U.S. market is the relentless cadence of new vehicle, powertrain and technology introductions," said Ken Czubay, Ford vice president of U.S. sales, in a statement.

Ford, Lincoln and Mercury sales in September totaled 160,873, Ford said, noting that its share of the U.S. market increased for 23rd time in nearly as many months. The Dearborn, Mich.-based automaker is on track to gain market share for the second year in a row -- a result not achieved since 1993, it said.

General Motors and Ford were the first automakers to report September sales Friday. Results from Chrysler Group, Toyota Motor (TM) and others are due later in the day. Ford's year-over-year sales gain exceed analyst expectations of a 38% sales gain, while GM's 10.5% rise was in-line with estimates.

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ruthsgardens

It is good that our autogroups got a little breathing space.It would be even better if the trade agreements were revamped.There is a lot that has been going on that most americans do not know about.I will give a couple facts to help show the whole picture.It starts with the steel industry.US Steel makes the best steel in the world for automobiles.Reason being it is steel with 1% carbon.1% carbon makes the strongest steel.If you go over 1% the steel becomes brittle.If you go less than 1% it is not tempered enough.To meet this mark means that it is a little more expensive to make.It is not because of union american workers that make it more expensive.That is why they recieve profit shares to make that mark.And it is not easy.Americans do not comprehend the magnitude of what it takes to make steel.The numbers in the billions.To give you an idea, america has 23 blast furnaces to make iron which is converted to steel.Only half are running now.In 2005 almost all of them shutdown and would be lost forever.Why? Because of the trade agreements.China was allowed in.In 2005 China had over 3,000 blast furnaces at maximum production making cheap,crap high carbon steel flooding world markets.Illegally at that because they never bought one pound from america.They promised 3 presidents they would and never have.Our steel workers marched on washington in 2005 demanding a 2% tariff increase on cheap,crap chinese steel.Both parties in congress said no because of their own contingent interests overseas.US Steel continues to fight the Chinese in world courts alone with no backing from our government or either party.Pathetic.Utterly pathetic.Our autogroups have stood behind our steelworkers the best they can.2 years ago our steel mills had to buy the crap chinese steel just to make quotas to our autogroups the cheapest that they could.And while corporate america outsourced all of the manufacturing jobs overseas for cheap labor, while congress allowed it,leaves us with cheap,crap parts.A high wear starter with crap chinese steel as a 3/4 inch shaft breaks in 1 year.Assembled in Mexico and installed on autos in america.Next time you tighten a 1/2 inch bolt with a wrench and you snap it using your arm strength, you will know what I mean.Cheap,crap chinese steel.The answer is fixing the trade agreements.So no company can outsource our jobs.So that no country can flood our markets illegally.Give americans the chance to build our manufacturing jobs back up again.Instead of 143 countries signing a petition threatening to boycott america every time a new president takes office making him shake and back away from amending the trade agreements,let's amend them.Put handcuffs on corporate america moving our jobs overseas avoiding excise,import,export and duty taxes.We don't even need corporate america as american workers do the job.Why spend 35% of an owners profits paying corporate america when it only costs 10% paying union american workers.To many chiefs,to many underpaid workers now.They are not done yet.They are shooting for the 7.25 dollars an hour minimum wage? Then those jobs will be outsourced to.Only 12% of working americans are union now.Those non-union jobs going overseas are not because of unions.They are because of both parties in congress not doing their jobs.I think you understand now.

October 04 2010 at 2:45 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
gbat70

I have had 2 Ford Rangers, one was a 89 Ranger Gt, And the other Is a 2003 Ranger Thunderbolt. Yes they are real trucks. Let me tell ewveryone, They are by far the 2 best trucks i will ever had. To bad Ford will not be maken the Ranger after next year.But I guess I will have to get a F150.Always been a Ford man.

October 04 2010 at 2:11 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
sfps2003

Yay for Ford from the proud owner of a '10 FlexFuel Escape & an '07 Taurus, but I have a Q, how can this truly rockstar company have produced a functioning Hybrid & FlexFuel (all-in-one from factory debuted at foreign car show in '06) Escape which has still nt hit the market? I'm sure if they were to release this vehicle, they'd take over, oh & could I please get a fuel cap, I live on a dirt road, this is ridiculous, plz! Rock on FoMoCo :) See full article from DailyFinance: http://srph.it/9a4IX1

October 04 2010 at 1:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bill

It is really great to hear that Ford is doing so well. As a long time buyer of Fords I understand why. But when it comes to their new capless fueling system that have bombed out. In my case it was past the Warrenty so after $450 in parts and labor, they sell a kit that is supposed to solve the problem, I still get the message to "Check Fuel Filler Inlet" and my check engine light stays on. So Ford just when it that your going to be honest and tell everyone about this costly problem and have a re-call so I could at least get my parts money back?

October 04 2010 at 12:44 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Richard

Wow. Great news for Ford and the huge sales for September. The only question I have is ' Why is their stock still in the 11-12 dollar range'? With all of the sales their making and this is pretty consistant every month/quarter, why haven't the stock holders realized a gain. Time for Ford to share with the people who buy their stock and expect some return in stock price or even a dividend which they do not give. Same old thing. The people who stand behind them and support them really get nothing....................

October 04 2010 at 12:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
seangawne

I have owned Fords continuously since 1979, and my dad and grandfather both worked for Ford in their day. They are good cars for the price and it matters that they are made in the USA. The fact that they did not take the bailouts from the govt just adds another reason to buy Ford. I've dabbled with a Nissan, an Oldsmobile, a Toyota and a Saturn over the years but I still like the blue oval cars best. Driving a 1999 Expedition and a 2004 Mustang convertible these days, both fun and super reliable cars. Next car will be a Ford for sure.

October 03 2010 at 11:50 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
blumul1

Makes my 1969 Mercury Cyclone worth more now, being Mercury is history

October 03 2010 at 11:37 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Dee

I owned a ford contour for almost 7 years. I now have a kia and I'm sorry I bought it! I'll buy another ford next time!!

October 03 2010 at 11:33 PM Report abuse +7 rate up rate down Reply
Judy

I have a 2009 MKS which I just love. 30K miles and no problems. Drives like a dream. Now if I was just smart enuf to figure out all the bells & whistles on it I would be a real happy camper! :) My husband retired from Ford and we have ALWAYS bought Ford/Lincoln products and proud of it! I'm also proud that they are still being successful and didn't have to take any $$$ from the lousy government we now have! FOREVER A FORD LOVER!

October 03 2010 at 11:01 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
oertel22

I worked for Ford for numerous yars at the Rouge Plant in Detroit and have owned many Ford/Lincoln products. I just recently leased an MKX and MKS Lincoln and the MKX isa great vechicle with no problems after 21000 miles. I cannot say the same for the MKS Lincoln which looks and drives great but has seeral serious safety problems. It was into the Service department for brake problems three ties before Ford Motor admitted it has alot of other customers with the same problem on bad braking. They did eventually fix the problem, but I am now experiencing problems with the computer control boards that control the ignition, back up camera, radio, blue tooth phone, etc. This problem only happens in temperatures over 85 degrees when the car has been sitting in the hot sun.....after the air conditioning cools off the car in 40-49 seconds, all of the above items are working again properly. Is anyone else having these problems??? Service dealership cannot get these things to happen in the past two visits; but I have experienced these problems at least four times during the month of August here in Florida where the tmperatures stayed above 90 degrees on a daily basis. Will still lease more Lincolns...just not the first year models that come out of the factory.....too many "bugs" that have to be worked out the firt year on the road....fortunately, Ford does make the changes necessary....just takes too long when one is going through the problems on a $49,000 loaded vechicle and expecting only minor problems.

October 03 2010 at 10:37 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply