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FORD MOTOR COMPANY REPORTS U.S. SALES

 DEARBORN, Mich., Feb. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) today reported the following sales figures:
 Memo:
 1993 1992 Pct. Change Selling
 Days
 Total Vehicles 1993 1992
 Jan. 21-31 103,859 90,670 +27.3 9 10
 Jan. 1-31 229,325 204,950 +16.4 25 26
 Total Cars
 Jan. 21-31 60,353 53,578 +25.2
 Jan. 1-31 132,090 117,186 +17.2
 Domestic Cars
 Jan. 21-31 58,457 51,274 +26.7
 Jan. 1-31 127,742 112,138 +18.5
 Imported Cars
 Jan. 21-31 1,896 2,304 -8.6
 Jan. 1-31 4,348 5,048 -10.4
 Total Trucks
 Jan. 21-31 43,506 37,092 +30.3
 Jan. 1-31 97,235 87,764 +15.2
 Light Trucks
 Jan. 21-31 42,422 36,130 +30.5
 Jan. 1-31 95,013 85,299 +15.8
 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.
 "January was the 14th month in a row that Ford's total vehicle volume was up versus the prior year, in spite of severe winter weather over much of the nation. Our total car volume also rose for the 13th consecutive month, as our dealers reported that their retail sales jumped 27 percent above the year-ago level. Growing numbers of individual consumers are recognizing the superior value of our products.
 "Two outstanding examples are the repositioned Ford Thunderbird and Mercury Cougar, which continued to gain momentum in January with sales increases of 197 percent and 131 percent respectively. We're also especially gratified that the Ford Taurus apparently is starting the new year the same way that it finished 1992, as America's best-selling car. Even though many dealers still had greatly depleted inventories following their exceptional December results, retail Taurus sales in January rose 30 percent above a year ago. And at Lincoln-Mercury Division, the newly introduced Lincoln Mark VIII already has become the best-selling luxury performance coupe during its first two months in the market, while the Mercury Villager minivan now is contributing more than a full percentage point to our truck market share.
 "All in all, we've begun 1993 on a positive note. Our dealers are optimistic that the major new truck and car programs for 1993 will stimulate retail sales of Ford and Lincoln-Mercury products. Their January order submissions were 22 percent above a year ago and our first-quarter production schedules call for a 20-percent increase over 1992."
 -0- 2/3/93
 /CONTACT: Joel Pitcoff, 313-337-3753, or Bonnie Daws, 313-337-3755, both of Ford/
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