Electric Ford F-150 Lightning
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DETROIT – Ford Motor on Tuesday reported a slight increase in new vehicle sales for the second quarter that missed automotive analysts’ expectations.
The company said sales rose 1.8% to 483,688 new vehicles in the second quarter compared to a year earlier, but noted that results improved in June and were up 31.5% for the month. Analysts expected the Detroit automaker’s sales to rise between 3.3% and 5.1%.
Ford’s sales easily outperformed the industry during the quarter, as overall sales were forecast to be down between 19% and 21% from the year-ago period. Automakers have been scrambling to rebuild dealer inventories that have been hit hard by production cuts amid a global shortage of semiconductor chips and other key automotive components.
Shares of Ford hit a 52-week low Tuesday morning. The stock was trading at around $10.75 a share, down about 5%. Shares of the automaker have declined nearly 46% in 2022.
Ford was significantly impacted a year ago by the chip shortage, which was largely the result of a fire at one of its suppliers in Japan that forced production cuts during the first half of 2021.
“Amid industry-wide supply constraints, Ford outperformed the industry driven by strong F-Series, Explorer and new Expedition and Navigator SUV sales,” Andrew Frick, Ford’s vice president of sales, distribution and trucks, said in a release.
The company said demand remains strong, with a record 50% of retail sales coming from customer orders in June, rather than from purchases out of dealer inventories. Automakers have pushed customers to order vehicles, which helps companies better measure demand and plan accordingly. Ford said its retail sales were up 30.3% last month compared to a year earlier.
Notably, Ford’s sales of F-Series pickups improved to 57,673 units in June – their highest monthly total of 2022. The sales include the F-150, including an all-electric version, and larger versions of the pickup.
Sales of the company’s electric F-150 Lightning continue to ramp up. Ford said it sold 2,296 of the trucks since it went on sale in late-May, including 1,837 in June.
Ford said sales of its electric vehicle – F-150 Lightning , Mustang Mach-E and E-Transit – jumped 76.6% to 4,353 in June from a year ago. For the first half of the year, it said EV sales totaled 22,979 units, up 77% from the same period in 2021.