Ford's US sales rose 6 pct in September on stronger car sales

DETROIT - Ford's U.S. sales rose 6 per cent in September, with strong car sales making up for slower sales of SUVs.

Ford said sales of the Fusion midsize sedan jumped 62 per cent over last September, to 19,972. Sales of the subcompact Fiesta rose 28.5 per cent to 5,043, while sales of the C-Max hybrid, which went on sale last fall, more than doubled to 2,182.

But sales of the Escape SUV — one of Ford's bestsellers — dropped 2 per cent to 22,607, and Explorer SUV sales were up just 1.5 per cent.

F-Series pickup truck sales, which have seen big increases all year, were up 10 per cent to 60,456.

Ford said its Lincoln luxury brand sales dropped 5 per cent as increases for the MKZ and MKS sedans couldn't outweigh lower SUV sales.