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FORD MOTOR COMPANY REPORTS U.S. SALES

 DEARBORN, Mich., April 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) today reported the following sales figures:
 Percent Memo:
 1993 1992 Change Selling
 Days
 1993 1992
 Total Vehicles
 Mar. 21-31 122,819 111,178 +10.5 9 9
 Mar. 1-31 311,249 271,534 +10.4 27 26
 Jan. 1-Mar. 31 800,085 717,960 +12.9 76 77
 Total Cars
 Mar. 21-31 63,893 58,520 +9.2
 Mar. 1-31 165,334 148,409 +7.3
 Jan. 1-Mar. 31 441,453 406,297 +10.1
 Domestic Cars
 Mar. 21-31 62,215 56,771 +9.6
 Mar. 1-31 160,895 144,061 +7.5
 Jan. 1-Mar. 31 428,269 391,807 +10.7
 Imported Cars
 Mar. 21-31 1,678 1,749 -4.1
 Mar. 1-31 4,439 4,348 -1.7
 Jan. 1-Mar. 31 13,184 14,490 -7.8
 Total Trucks
 Mar. 21-31 58,926 52,658 +11.9
 Mar. 1-31 145,915 123,125 +14.1
 Jan. 1-Mar. 31 358,632 311,663 +16.6
 Light Trucks
 Mar. 21-31 56,822 51,324 +10.7
 Mar. 1-31 141,630 119,834 +13.8
 Jan. 1-Mar. 31 349,148 303,059 +16.7
 Note: Percentage changes are based on daily selling rates.
 Comments: The following may be attributed to Robert L. Rewey, vice president - Marketing and Sales Operations, Ford North American Automotive Operations:
 "March was the sixteenth month in a row 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 rose for the fifteenth consecutive month, while Ford's total truck sales in March increased 14 percent."
 "We're especially pleased with the March sales performance of our major new 1993 model products -- the Ford Probe (up 54 percent over March 1992) and Ranger (up 25 percent), the Lincoln Mark VIII (up 300 percent) and the Mercury Villager, just introduced this year (25 percent above its previous best month).
 "The Ford Taurus started the new year the same way that it finished 1992, as America's best-selling car. It was No. 1 in March and for the entire First Quarter. And at Lincoln-Mercury Division, year-to-date Sable volume climbed 14 percent above the year-ago level.
 "Among other notable sales highlights, both the Ford Thunderbird and Mercury Cougar again registered dramatic volume jumps in March, as growing numbers of consumers recognized their outstanding value. And the Ford F-Series pickup remained America's best-selling vehicle, car or truck, for the month and the year-to-date."
 "There are many signs that the economic recovery is continuing, despite the recent weakening in consumer confidence indices. Importantly, the automotive market maintains its positive momentum. Indeed, we estimate that the seasonally adjusted annual sales rate in March will be up by more than half a million units from February's, with the truck market close to matching the record pace of 1988. Our dealers remain optimistic that their market share increases during recent months will extend into the Spring selling season."
 -0- 4/5/93
 /CONTACT: Joel Pitcoff, 313-337-3753, or Bonnie Daws, 313-337-3755, both of Ford/
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