Ford GCC sales rise 31% in first nine months of 2010

US-based car maker performed best in Saudi Arabia, where sales rose by 50 percent
Ford GCC sales rise 31% in first nine months of 2010
FORD UPWARD: Sales in the GCC increased 31 percent between January and September 2010, compared to the year-earlier period. (Getty Images)
By Shane McGinley
Sun 17 Oct 2010 01:27 PM

Ford
Middle East sales rose nearly a third during the first nine months of the year,
with sales in Saudi up nearly 50 percent, the US-based car marker announced on
Sunday.

Sales
in the GCC increased 31 percent between January and September 2010, compared to
the year-earlier period, the company said.

Passenger
models rose 34 percent, propelled by the introduction of the new Fusion and
Taurus brands. Ford, Lincoln and Mercury SUVs and trucks remained popular, with
sales up nearly 27 percent.

Saudi
Arabia, the Gulf’s wealthiest state, proved the strongest market for Ford, with
sales up 50 percent in the first nine months. By comparison, UAE sales were up
ten percent.

“2010
has proved to be a good year for Ford,” said Larry Prein, managing director,
Ford Middle East. “The strength of our product line-up is being recognised here
in the region.”

 

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