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AIM Chairman’s Council member Ford KC-built F-150 helps boost automaker to 10-year March sales

From the Kansas City Business Journal

Ford Motor Co. announced that sales of F-series pickup trucks logged their highest total for Mar

F-series sales hit 73,884 in March, up 9.1 percent from the same period a year ago. The F-series hasn’t broke the 70,000 mark for sales since 2007. Ford produces the F-150 at its Kansas City Assembly Plant in Claycomo.

“Customers continue buying high-end SUVs and trucks, helping the Ford brand increase its average transaction prices by more than $1,600 per vehicle in March — nearly double the industry average,” Mark LaNeve, Ford’s vice president of U.S. marketing, sales and service, said in a release. “We have been seeing solid sales momentum in the first quarter across our entire portfolio, with car, SUV and truck sales up across the board.”

 The other Kansas City-made Ford is the Transit van, which posted the company’s best monthly sales for a commercial van in 38 years. It had March sales of 14,895, up 52.8 percent from a year ago. The Transit is now America’s No. 1 full-size commercial van. It helped give Ford a 26.6 percent share of the commercial vehicle market, ahead of Freightliner, which has 20 percent of the market.

Overall, Ford sold 254,711 vehicles in March, up 8 percent from a year ago.

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