The Pendleton Panther

Ford Flourishes in February

Posted on: March 2, 2010

General Motors

General Motors surged to the top for the countries top-selling automaker in the month of February.  The biggest beneficiary was by far Ford Motor Company with a 43% sales increase for the previous month.  Ford barely topped G.M. by 471 vehicles, which is only six-hundredths of a market share or percentage point.  In the year 2009, G.M. outsold Ford every month by an average of 33,000 vehicles every month.  A year ago, Fords market share increased from 14.4 to 18.2 percent according to MotorIntelligence.com.  G.M’s sales grew 12 percent over the last year, and 32 percent for all four brands of vehicles (Chevy, Pontiac, Buick, GMC).  With the Toyota recalls, Toyota’s sales fell 9 percent in February and are down 12 percent for the year 2010.  They have recalled more than 8 million vehicles, 6 million of them being in the United States. “With all the publicity out there, people are thinking twice before automatically just getting a new Toyota,” said Ron Pinelli, president of MotorIntelligence.com. “Toyota was almost the gold standard for quality for so many years that people just thought Toyota was a safe bet and they really didn’t consider other brands.”

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