Ford Explorer sales up by 6.2 percent this year

Ford Explorer sales are up 6.2 percent this year.

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Ford reported its overall sales rose by 6.2 percent last month. Retail sales were up 3.5 percent year-over-year, while fleet sales increased by 14.6 percent.

“F-Series produced another big sales gain for us in October," Ford Vice President Mark LaNeve said. "Strong customer demand for high series Super Duty continues, and now we’re seeing the same for the new 2018 F-150. With sales up 15.9 percent, F-Series drove our overall truck sales to an 11.4 percent gain for the month.”

The Explorer SUV, made at the Chicago Assembly Plant on the banks of the Calumet River in Hegewisch, has seen a 6.2-percent gain in sales so far this year, moving 191,161 units by the end of October.

Ford makes the Explorer, Taurus, Police Interceptor Utility and Police Interceptor Sedan at the 2.8 million-square-foot automotive plant at 12600 S. Torrence Ave. on Chicago's far South Side. The 93-year-old factory gets parts from the Chicago Stamping Plant in Chicago Heights, the Lear Corp. seat factory in Hammond and other local auto suppliers.

Taurus sales fell 8.3 percent to 2,097 units in October. Sales of the once-popular sedan are down 3 percent this year. 

Police Interceptor Sedan sales fell by 26.2 percent in October, and are down by 15.8 percent this year. Police Interceptor Utility sales ticked up by 0.6 percent in October and are up 1.1 percent through the end of last month.

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