Ford’s US sales rose 7 pct in November on strong demand for pickups, Fusion midsize car

DETROIT – Ford’s U.S. sales rose 7 per cent in November, led by strong demand for the Fusion midsize car and F-Series pickups.

Ford said Fusion sales jumped 51 per cent over last November to 22,839. F-Series pickup sales were up 16 per cent to 65,501.

But sales of the Escape SUV — one of Ford’s bestsellers — dropped slightly to 20,988, and Focus small car sales were off almost 17 per cent to 15,239. Explorer SUV sales also were down nearly 9 per cent to 13,220.

Ford said its Lincoln luxury brand sales rose 17 per cent to 6,727 on strong sales of the MKZ midsize sedan.