Ford details strong sales in 2011

January 4, 2012 12:00 AM

Ford has announced that it sold more than 2 million new vehicles in 2011, as the manufacturer continued its turnaround since the economic collapse.

The Detroit automaker did not accept government bailout money and has since revitalized its product lineup. For three straight years, the company has gained at least three points of market share, something it hasn't done since 1970. Overall sales improved by 17 percent over 2010, led by a 25 percent surge in compact cars.

The F-150 was as stalwart as ever, completing an amazing 30 years in a row as the company's best-selling vehicle, and 35 as the best-selling truck.

"The year finished on a high note, with industry sales momentum strengthening as the year came to a close," Ken Czubay, Ford vice president, U.S. Marketing, Sales and Service, said in a statement. "We saw Ford sales strengthen as well, posting our best December retail sales month since 2005 and closing the year as America's best-selling brand."

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