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Ford Sales Up 33%; Chrysler Posts Decline
The Wall Street Journal ^ | 01-05-10 | JOHN KELL

Posted on 01/05/2010 10:07:38 AM PST by GOP_Lady

Ford Motor Co. posted a 33% rise in December U.S. light-vehicle sales, ending a stellar year for the auto maker compared with its rivals. Ford recorded its first full-year market-share gain since 1995.

Meanwhile, Chrysler Group LLC posted a 3.7% decline and said its full-year sales were the worst the auto maker had seen in 47 years.

Shares in Ford were up 7.1% to $11.01 at midday on the New York Stock Exchange, reaching the highest level since August 2005.

Ford put its U.S. market share at about 15% for the year—about one percentage point higher than 2008. December's sales growth marks the fifth time in six months Ford has seen increases. The company's latest results were aided by two extra selling days, making for easier comparisons.

The recent results at Ford have been the strongest of the Detroit auto makers. The company has posted back-to-back quarterly profits and said it would be "solidly profitable" in 2011.

On Tuesday, Ford reported its U.S. companywide light-vehicle sales were 183,701 in December compared with 138,325 a year earlier. There were 28 selling days last month, two more than last year.

Ford, Lincoln and Mercury car sales rose 33% to 179,017. Sales of crossover vehicles rose 51%, while sales of sport-utility vehicles increased 33%. Truck and van sales rose 18%. For the year, Ford's sales fell 15% to 1.62 million.

Chrysler reported sales fell to 86,523 vehicles in December, with a 31% gain in car sales and a 14% decline in truck sales. Still, the company said 11 vehicles experienced year-over-year increases. For all of 2009, Chrysler's sales declined 36% to 931,402 vehicles. Chrysler, which left bankruptcy protection in June under the management control of Fiat SpA, has performed the worst of any of the major auto makers.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; News/Current Events; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: automakers; chrysler; ford; fordmotor
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1 posted on 01/05/2010 10:07:39 AM PST by GOP_Lady
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2 posted on 01/05/2010 10:08:11 AM PST by GOP_Lady
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To: GOP_Lady

Screw the UAW!


3 posted on 01/05/2010 10:09:48 AM PST by Last Dakotan
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To: GOP_Lady

Go Ford!

They are single handly rescuing my 401(k)!


4 posted on 01/05/2010 10:10:04 AM PST by Syntyr (Mace, Kirk, Thomson, Griffin, Scusa, Martin, Gallegos, Hart - Remember the fallen of Kamdesh)
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To: Syntyr

Hubby (the great GOP_Harley_Guy) and I did our part a couple of months ago. ;-)


5 posted on 01/05/2010 10:12:02 AM PST by GOP_Lady
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To: GOP_Lady

I guess more than just a few were angered by the bailouts.


6 posted on 01/05/2010 10:13:42 AM PST by ZX12R
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To: GOP_Lady

NO GOVERNMENT MOTORS!!!!!!!!


7 posted on 01/05/2010 10:14:53 AM PST by bmwcyle (Free the Navy Seals)
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To: ZX12R

Yes. A few people at the dealership told me that a good amount of people said that they would not buy Chrysler or GM.


8 posted on 01/05/2010 10:15:42 AM PST by GOP_Lady
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To: GOP_Lady

I bought a Mercury sedan back in 2005 and couldn’t be happier! Any time I’ve taken the car in for service, I’m asked by the service manager if I’m interested in trading in the car for a newer model. Apparently 2005-2009 Mercury vehicles are in high demand right now!

Ford makes a consistent product. Every older Ford I’ve owned had cooling system issues and eventual A/C problems, but engines and drive trains required minimal maintenance, even over 100K miles.


9 posted on 01/05/2010 10:18:28 AM PST by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: GOP_Lady
Yes. A few people at the dealership told me that a good amount of people said that they would not buy Chrysler or GM.

And I was one of them not long ago. New F-150, and I swore to never buy a GM product again.
10 posted on 01/05/2010 10:20:11 AM PST by ZX12R
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To: GOP_Lady

Good job FORD. The only US car maker that is truly American.

BTW, I got a chance to check out my cousin’s new Ford Flex the other day. Very cool vehicle.


11 posted on 01/05/2010 10:20:35 AM PST by Yardstick
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To: rarestia

I believe with Fords you get good quality for your money. I’ve had no major problems with mine. All of mine have given me no problems and a long run for my money.


12 posted on 01/05/2010 10:22:26 AM PST by GOP_Lady
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To: rarestia

We’re on our third Exporer. Good solid vehicles every one.


13 posted on 01/05/2010 10:24:32 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (Impeachment !)
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To: Yardstick

And how about the Ford Explorer? ;-)

It’s doing great in the snow. 31.1 inches of lake effect here and still falling.


14 posted on 01/05/2010 10:24:42 AM PST by GOP_Lady
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To: Yardstick

And how about the Ford Explorer? ;-)

It’s doing great in the snow. 31.1 inches of lake effect snow here and still falling.


15 posted on 01/05/2010 10:24:56 AM PST by GOP_Lady
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To: GOP_Lady

Most of Ford’s “problems” are foreseeable and easily fixed for MUCH less than Japanese or Korean autos. Mine has been a Ford family since the 1940s, and that will continue with my kids!


16 posted on 01/05/2010 10:25:03 AM PST by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: rarestia

Great for you and your family.

Ford family here since 1977.


17 posted on 01/05/2010 10:25:51 AM PST by GOP_Lady
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To: GOP_Lady

The government backing of GM and Chrysler is the best thing that ever happened to Ford.

I live in the South and my son is involved in the auto industry. I cannot tell you how many people have come to him and told him they would never, on principle, buy a “government motors” car.

It may not be harming their sales in the NE, but here in the South, it is deadly.


18 posted on 01/05/2010 10:26:18 AM PST by I still care (A Republic - if you can keep it. - Ben Franklin)
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To: GOP_Lady

Just goes to show you that capitalism is still the best system.


19 posted on 01/05/2010 10:26:36 AM PST by UAConservative (Audemus Jura Nostra Defendere)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Hubby and I rented an Explorer in Vegas about 3 years and immediately fell in love with it. :-)


20 posted on 01/05/2010 10:27:23 AM PST by GOP_Lady
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To: UAConservative

Yep. Hubby and I rewarded Ford for running their business the best that they could.


21 posted on 01/05/2010 10:28:16 AM PST by GOP_Lady
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To: GOP_Lady

I have never owned a Ford. I’ve owned Chevy’s, Chryslers, Toyotas, and Hondas.

My family has decided our next vehicle will be a Ford.

I am government motors worst nightmare.

It only takes a small percentage of people like me to eat into their bottom line.


22 posted on 01/05/2010 10:29:45 AM PST by I still care (A Republic - if you can keep it. - Ben Franklin)
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To: I still care

Yep. It’s an extremely competitive market.

Hubby and I did consider Toyota, but we felt the Explorer seemed to be a better vehicle for the money.


23 posted on 01/05/2010 10:32:10 AM PST by GOP_Lady
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To: UAConservative

24 posted on 01/05/2010 10:34:08 AM PST by GOP_Lady
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To: GOP_Lady

We own a 95 Taurus (142K miles), 98 Explorer XLT (208K miles) and a 2008 Fusion (18.7K miles). The two older always did and still run great. We love the Fusion...great car with lot’s of extras for the money. Couldn’t be more pleased with it; wouldn’t mind owning two!


25 posted on 01/05/2010 10:36:57 AM PST by nfldgirl
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To: GOP_Lady

I rented an Explorer to drive from Reno, NV to Stockton, CA some years ago. It was snowing and the California Highway Patrol was allowing only 4WD and vehicles with chains down the Donner Pass. The Explorer I rented was the last 4WD vehicle on the rental lot.
I got behind a big snow plow truck and the drive was a breeze.


26 posted on 01/05/2010 10:38:34 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (Impeachment !)
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To: GOP_Lady

I’m certain the lefties will think this just is not right and will find some way to screw Ford. Such as heavily subsidize GM and Chrysler purchases with tax payers money.


27 posted on 01/05/2010 10:39:32 AM PST by redfreedom (Just a simpleton enjoying the freedoms a fly-over/red state has to offer.)
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To: Mean Maryjean
Wowww!!! Great for you and your family!

I have a Taurus now. A very good car for the money.

Hubby and I rented a Fusion in Vegas, as well, and we liked it.

28 posted on 01/05/2010 10:40:13 AM PST by GOP_Lady
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To: I still care

Check out the Ford Fusion. We have the upgraded V6 model with lots of extras...2008 ... a whole lot of car for the money...rides very sporty-like. Couldn’t be more pleased with it.


29 posted on 01/05/2010 10:40:23 AM PST by nfldgirl
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To: GOP_Lady

Any one out there wanting a Friends and Neighbor discount from Ford, just let me know. All I need is name, address and the last four digits of your social security number. I will get you a pin number you take to the dealer. No haggling on price. My dear husband is a Ford salaried retiree and son-in-law is a Ford engineer.


30 posted on 01/05/2010 10:44:09 AM PST by KYGrandma (The sun shines bright on my old Kentucky home......)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
I don't drive the Explorer that we have, because it is just too big for me. I asked hubby how he liked it in the snow, and he said that it does very well. I asked him if he felt safer, and he said yes. I know I feel safer as a passenger in it.

I know you will think this is crazy, but I had an Escort. it was actually a blast to drive — fun. And you know what? I live in the heart of the snowbelt, and it did great in the snow. I think it was because of how well balanced it was.

31 posted on 01/05/2010 10:45:07 AM PST by GOP_Lady
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To: GOP_Lady

FORD is behaving very anti-socialistic and will be subject to Obama’s Thugs.


32 posted on 01/05/2010 10:47:40 AM PST by Presbyterian Reporter
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33 posted on 01/05/2010 10:47:47 AM PST by GOP_Lady
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To: Mean Maryjean

I looked at and drove the Fusion Sport and was impressed.


34 posted on 01/05/2010 10:48:58 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (Impeachment !)
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To: GOP_Lady
On my 4th Suburban... when this one dies.. I am buying a Ford Expedition or a Toyota Sequoia. I'll NEVER buy a GM (government motors) vehicle. If you buy a new one, you're a traitor. Either you'll support and pay for the Government Motors thieves to make money or you will buy something else. I'd personally like to see a total collapse of GM and every one of the workers find another job or riot on Washington.
35 posted on 01/05/2010 10:53:20 AM PST by erman
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To: GOP_Lady

I loved my Toyota. It lasted when nothing else did. However, I will tell you it seems to have a problem with small details. The inside, handles, etcetera just don’t seem to hold up.

I have had two Toyota Camrys and between the two of them have probably bought ten door handles. The Accord had a stronger, more quality interior and exterior - but it needed a transmission, which is a common problem.


36 posted on 01/05/2010 10:54:05 AM PST by I still care (A Republic - if you can keep it. - Ben Franklin)
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To: GOP_Lady

The new Ford Fiesta will be out Summer 2010.

37 posted on 01/05/2010 10:54:14 AM PST by Harley (Life is Tough, But It's a Lot Tougher When You're a Liberal. Stop Global Whining Now.)
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To: GOP_Lady

After driving foreign cars for most of 30 years, I bought a 2008 Ford Edge a little over a year ago. It’s a very solid vehicle, is well built, and handles and drives well (and I’m saying this as someone who traded in a very reliable 2003 BMW 325i).

I’ve been very impressed by Ford products. If anyone is considering a new car I’d say stop by your local Ford dealership and test drive a few of their cars.


38 posted on 01/05/2010 11:02:19 AM PST by Stevenc131
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Thanks for the good words. My huband launched the Explorer at the Louisville Assembly Plant many years ago. They were really proud of that vehicle.


39 posted on 01/05/2010 11:07:18 AM PST by KYGrandma (The sun shines bright on my old Kentucky home......)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

“We’re on our third Explorer. Good solid vehicles every one.”

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Best, most reliable and useful vehicle I have ever owned.

Just retired my beloved 1996 Eddie Bauer model in the idiotic Cash for Clunkers program. (Thanks to all you taxpayers for the $3500.00 premium on my near junkyard level Explorer).

I will continue to buy FULL SIZE SUVs (or a pickup now that my kids are grown), even if gas goes to $10.00/gallon.


40 posted on 01/05/2010 11:13:52 AM PST by EyeGuy
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To: KYGrandma
I was a Chevy man from way back but switched for Ford with the first Explorer in the 1980s when we lived in MN. No matter the amount of snow, that truck would go.
We had one with the Firestone tires that caused all the fuss. Firestone sent us a letter saying they wanted the tires off and would pay for replacements of any brand. I bought five Michelins and got a check from Mr. Ito for the full amount. I dropped off the used tires at the Firestone store and the manager took out a large electric drill with a one inch bit and made sure they could never be used again. He showed me where the tread was beginning to separate from the tire...
41 posted on 01/05/2010 11:16:57 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (Impeachment !)
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To: KYGrandma
Many relatives on my dad's side worked for Ford in corporate and on the line. They abandoned Detroit after the riots.
Wife and I took a steamship ride from Two harbors, MN to the Ford Rouge plant some years ago.

We went to the re christening of the two Ford steamers when they were purchased by Interlake Steamship in Cleveland. That was quite an affair. Everyone received crystal glassware with the new names (the boats were renamed for the wives of Interlake’s president and chairman.)

42 posted on 01/05/2010 11:53:45 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (Impeachment !)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
Have a Ranger pickup and am really satisfied with it.
Last year bought an Expedition for doing traveling.
What a comfortable exquisite ride. Wife loves it and the really short turning radius.
43 posted on 01/05/2010 1:22:16 PM PST by tbird-james
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To: GOP_Lady; glock rocks; SouthTexas; Pete-R-Bilt; Grampa Dave

DROF pingie! I knew I shoulda bought F when it was $3.00 a share...


44 posted on 01/05/2010 1:26:57 PM PST by tubebender (Some minds are like concrete Thoroughly mixed up and permanently set...)
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To: GOP_Lady

F closed at $10.98 today ~;(


45 posted on 01/05/2010 1:28:57 PM PST by tubebender (Some minds are like concrete Thoroughly mixed up and permanently set...)
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To: tbird-james

It’s a pity Ford doesn’t pay attention to the ‘Ranger’ size pickup market. They haven’t put a nickel into the St. Paul assembly plant and even though the product is a good one, it’s very outdated compared to the Toyota or Nissan.


46 posted on 01/05/2010 1:54:16 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (Impeachment !)
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To: GOP_Lady

Husband and I are going to need new (to us) vehicles in the next year or so; Ford it is. :)


47 posted on 01/05/2010 3:47:30 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (Save the Earth. It's the only planet with chocolate.)
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Hi, Diana!

Excellent!

My hubby (the great GOP_Harley_Guy) is outside right now plowing our driveway with his FORD tractor.

Lake effect snow here for the last three days 31.1” as of the end of yesterday.

48 posted on 01/05/2010 3:50:50 PM PST by GOP_Lady
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To: tubebender

While turning the cable channels this late afternoon, I caught Jim Kramer’s show. You should have heard what he said about Ford. Even played a little patriotic music, IIRC. It was pretty cool. :-)


49 posted on 01/05/2010 3:53:11 PM PST by GOP_Lady
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WOW! I didn’t realize you were getting socked in!

We’re to get 4” or so come Thursday. Sub-zero temps this week, though...but I’m not complaining!

http://radar.weather.gov/Conus/full_loop.php


50 posted on 01/05/2010 3:55:28 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (Save the Earth. It's the only planet with chocolate.)
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