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FORD DEALERS SALES INCREASE IN JANUARY

 DETROIT, Feb. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- The 1993 calendar year started off on a high note for Ford (NYSE: F) dealers in the Detroit Region as they reported increases in car and truck sales for January.
 Car sales rose 5.6 percent compared to January 1992, while truck sales increased 4.3 percent over previous year levels.
 Ford Division's Detroit Region includes Michigan, northern Indiana and northwest Ohio.
 Timothy A. Boese, Ford Division regional sales manager, said January sales were paced by the Ford Probe, Motor Trend's 1993 "Car of the Year," up 163 percent over the previous year. Ford Thunderbird sales increased 108 percent for January. The Ford Econoline Van led truck sales with a 21 percent increase, and F-Series trucks rose 19 percent.
 "All in all, we've begun 1993 on a positive note," Boese said. "Our dealers are optimistic that the major new truck and car programs for 1993 will stimulate retail sales of our products.
 "January was the 14th month in a row that Ford Motor Company's total vehicle volume was up versus the prior year," Boese added. "Growing numbers of consumers are recognizing the superior value of our products."
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