Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn released its fourth quarter and year-end sales results, which showed the automaker sold 508,451 vehicles in the fourth quarter, a 26.8 percent increase over the third quarter. The industry average declined around 3 percent.
The F-Series remained the best-selling truck for the 45th consecutive year and the best-selling vehicle in America for the 40th consecutive year. With a total of 726,004 trucks sold, the company outpaced the second-place competitor by 156,616 sales. In December, Ford sold 173,740 total vehicles — made up of 91,699 trucks, 77,377 SUVs, and 12,284 electrified vehicles.
“Ford finished the year strong, as the only U.S. automaker hitting the half million sales mark in the fourth quarter, making Ford America’s best-selling automaker,” says Andrew Frick vice president of U.S. and Canadian sales at Ford. “On the strong success of Mustang Mach-E, Ford jumped into second place in U.S. electric vehicle sales behind just Tesla.
“Last year was a foundational year for Ford in the electrified vehicle segment and this year we continue to expand, adding the F-150 Lightning and E-Transit to our electric vehicle lineup. Looking to the new year, Ford had just over 70,000 new vehicle orders in December, which will provide continued momentum into 2022.”
The electrified vehicle sales totaled 12,284, up 121 percent year-over-year. The companies newest vehicles, which include the Mustang Mach E, Bronco, Bronco Sport, and Maverick, totaled 23,825 sales in December — 14.2 percent of the overall brand portfolio.
Ford’s market share of the retail SUV market segment was estimated at 12 percent in Q4, three percentage points higher than last year. Aside from the year-over-year gains, sales were up 7.3 percent in December over November. The new Lincoln Nautilus saw an 11 percent increase in sales in Q4 year-over-year, while the Corsair and Navigator jumped 28.4 and 26.3 percent respectively in the same time frame.
The company’s commercial business saw 162,979 vans sold in 2021, marking its 43rd consecutive year as the country’s best-selling commercial van lineup. The Transit sold 99,745 vehicles, remaining the best-selling van since its release in 2015. Ford also introduced the E-Transit this year and expects sales in of full-size electric trucks in the commercial and segments to top 300,000 by 2030.