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FORD MOTOR COMPANY REPORTS U.S. SALES

 DEARBORN, Mich., March 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) today reported the following sales figures:
 Memo:
 1993 1992 Percent Selling
 Change Days
 Total Vehicles 1993 1992
 Feb. 21-28 73,214 84,577 15.4 6 8
 Feb. 1-28 259,481 241,476 11.9 24 25
 Jan. 1-Feb. 28 488,836 446,426 14.0 49 51
 Total Cars
 Feb. 21-28 38,855 49,423 4.8
 Feb. 1-28 143,999 140,702 6.6
 Jan. 1-Feb. 28 276,119 257,888 11.4
 Domestic Cars
 Feb. 21-28 37,664 47,621 5.5
 Feb. 1-28 139,602 135,608 7.2
 Jan. 1-Feb. 28 267,374 247,746 12.3
 Imported Cars
 Feb. 21-28 1,191 1,802 -11.9
 Feb. 1-28 4,397 5,094 -10.1
 Jan. 1-Feb. 28 8,745 10,142 -10.3
 Total Trucks
 Feb. 21-28 34,359 35,154 30.3
 Feb. 1-28 115,482 100,774 19.4
 Jan. 1-Feb. 28 212,717 188,538 17.4
 Light Trucks
 Feb. 21-28 33,371 34,051 30.7
 Feb. 1-28 112,505 97,926 19.7
 Jan. 1-Feb. 28 205,518 183,225 17.9
 Note: Percentage changes are based on daily selling rates.
 Comments: The following may be attributed to Robert L. Rewey, vice president - Sales Operations, Ford North American Automotive Operations:
 "February was the fifteenth consecutive month that Ford's total vehicle volume was up versus the prior year, in spite of the severe winter weather over much of the nation. Our total car volume also rose for the fourteenth month in a row."
 "We're quite pleased with the February sales performance of our major new 1993 model products -- the Ford Probe and Ranger, the Lincoln Mark VIII and the Mercury Villager. Each of them showed a major increase over February 1992 ... except Villager, which was just introduced this year. The Ford Taurus has started the new year the same way that it finished 1992, as America's best-selling car. It was No. 1 in both January and February, even though many dealers still had severely depleted inventories following their exceptional December results. And at Lincoln-Mercury Division, Sable volume in February jumped 54 percent above the year-ago level."
 "There are many signs that the economic recovery is continuing. Although consumer confidence recently has weakened somewhat, due primarily to uncertainties about congressional disposition of the Clinton administration's budget proposal, the automotive market appears to have positive momentum. Indeed, we estimate that the seasonally adjusted annual sales rate in February will be up by more than half a million units from January's. Our dealers remain optimistic that their market share increases during recent months will extend into the Spring selling season and their order submissions should support our First Quarter production schedules, which call for approximately 20 percent more vehicles this year than in 1992."
 -0- 3/3/93
 /CONTACT: Joel Pitcoff, 313-337-3753 or Bonnie Daws, 313-337-3755, both of Ford/
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