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FORD DEALERS REPORT STRONG SALES IN COLUMBUS, OHIO

 FORD DEALERS REPORT STRONG SALES IN COLUMBUS, OHIO
 COLUMBUS, Ohio, June 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Ford dealers in the Columbus


area reported strong increases in car and truck sales in May, selling 564 cars and 832 trucks.
 Joseph King, Ford Division regional sales manager, said total car sales were up 14 percent, paced by the Ford Escort, up 111 percent, and the Ohio-built Ford Thunderbird, up 12 percent, compared to the same period one year ago.
 On the truck side of the business, sales of the Ford Aerostar van jumped 166 percent. Sales of the hugely successful Ford Explorer climbed 54 percent. Sales of the Ford F-Series pickup trucks increased
58 percent. And sales of the all-new Ford Econoline Club Wagon soared


79 percent.
 "We're encouraged that the auto market's gradual recovery continued in May, as total industry sales on an annual rate basis edged up from the level in March and April," King said. "Our dealers are optimistic about the market outlook and their potential for further share gains in the months ahead."
 Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) is the only automaker with market share gains in both cars and trucks. Ford's total market share is up 1.1 points on a calendar-year-to-date basis.
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 /CONTACT: Carolyn Brown of Ford, 313-322-1300/
 (F) CO: Ford Motor Company ST: Ohio IN: AUT SU:


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