Ford Motor Co. said Tuesday that total U.S. April vehicle sales rose 64.8% from a year ago to 197,813 vehicles, boosted by a near fourfold rise in electric vehicle (EV) sales. April retail sales were 57.1% above 2020 results, but were also 23.7% above pre-pandemic April 2019 results. EV sales rose 262% to a monthly record of 11,172 vehicles, representing 5.6% of total vehicles sold, amid new product offerings. Total April truck sales grew 47.5% to 97,054 vehicles, SUV sales surged 119.8% to 90,383 vehicles and car sales dropped 20.9% to 10,376 vehicles. Transaction pricing in April rose to a record $43,600 per vehicle. Ford’s stock, which slipped 0.6% in premarket trading, has rallied 32.3% year to date through Monday, while shares or rival General Motors Co. have hiked up 37.3% and the S&P 500 has gained 11.6%.
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