Ford Builds Five of Top 20 Hottest-Sellers in 2015
Ford earns the distinction of producing five of the 20 top-selling vehicle models in the U.S. market year to date—the most of any car brand.* In addition, the F-Series pickup remained the best-selling vehicle in America—a title it has held for 28 consecutive years. The F-Series was redesigned for 2015 with an all-new, lighter aluminum body and many new features, including a remote-opening tailgate and park-assist and cargo-management systems, yet despite the increased cost, the F-Series continues to pace the field in terms of sales.
Although F-Series deliveries dipped 5,375 units in the first seven months of 2015, the Ford truck was still the sales leader. The sales shortfall may be partly due to shortages of frames for the redesigned truck, as dealers recently were shy of new inventory, according to Automotive News.
Also among the 20 most popular models with consumers during the first seven months of 2015 were the Ford Fusion (No. 10), Ford Escape (No.11), Ford Explorer (No. 15), and Ford Focus (No. 17).
Ford Brand’s Top Sellers
A few highlights about Ford’s other top-20 sellers:
The Ford Fusion, the fourth-best-selling midsize sedan, features a sleek Euro design and contemporary interior. The last redesign was for 2013. There is speculation that the Fusion will be refreshed for the 2017 model year. The 2015 Fusion is powered by a 4-cylinder engine with 6-speed automatic transmission. Turbocharged EcoBoost 4-cylinder engines that deliver better fuel economy are optional for the Fusion and other Ford models.
The Ford Escape, also last redesigned for 2013, was in the top 20 in sales and is the highest-ranked model in the Compact SUV segment (in a tie with the Chevrolet Equinox) in the J.D. Power 2015 U.S. Initial Quality StudySM (IQS). For 2016, the Escape receives a new front grille and slimmer, angled headlights. Two new exterior colors and interior upholstery/leather treatments are available, along with the latest-generation Sync system and safety options.
The third model wearing a Ford badge to make the top 20 was the Explorer, one of the most popular SUVs in the country since it debuted in 1990 as a truck-based SUV. The last major redesign was in 2011 when the Explorer transitioned to unibody construction, officially becoming a crossover vehicle. It is now built on the same platform as the Ford Flex and Taurus. The 2016 model, now on sale, received a facelift, with new front and rear styling and an upscale Platinum trim level.
Ford’s fifth model in the top 20 was the Focus compact car, which was first sold in Europe as the Escort before crossing the Atlantic in 1999 as a 2000 model. The Focus transitioned to an all-new architecture in 2012 and gained a new sportier look. Offered as a sedan or hatchback with various trim levels, the 2015 Focus received a modified front end that takes cues from the Fusion.
*Sales totals are based on data collected by J.D. Power and LMC Automotive.