|California Surpasses National Growth, Ford Leads for
4th Straight Year
ANAHEIM, Calif. - There were 1,861,898 new car and truck
registrations in California during 1999, setting an all-time calendar year record for the
automotive industry in the Golden State and further underscoring its strong economy.
According to registration numbers released by The Polk Company, this represents 11.4
percent growth over impressive 1998 numbers for the state, and it surpasses the national
growth rate of 8.7 percent. Additionally, California's truck share of total vehicle
industry continues to grow, with trucks now representing 46.6 percent of total new vehicle
purchases in the state.
For the fourth straight year, Ford Motor Company earned the annual sales crown in the
state with new car and truck registrations of 403,931 during the year -- 27,316 more units
than second place General Motors and 136,448 more than third place Toyota. If
registrations of Ford subsidiaries Jaguar, Volvo Car and Aston Martin are included, the
Ford Motor Company total for 1999 is 426,998 -- 46,966 more units than General Motors with
the addition of their Saab subsidiary. Of particular note is Jaguar's success, leading
California's luxury segment growth with registrations up 53 percent over 1998.
Ford Motor Company's share of the 1999 California new vehicle market was 21.7 percent
compared with General Motors at 20.2 percent and Toyota at 13.3 percent.
For the 17th straight year, Ford Division was the combined new car and truck sales
leader among all automotive divisions in California. According to the Polk report, Ford
Division dealers delivered 354,413 new cars and trucks in 1999 -- 107,330 more units than
second place Toyota and 153,384 more than third-place Chevrolet. Drew Atkinson, Ford
Division California regional manager, said that "Ford truck sales continue to
dominate and the popular Ford F-Series is again the best-selling vehicle in California,
with registrations of 79,834 up 17.5 percent over 1998."
Four of the state's 10 best-selling vehicles are Ford trucks: F-Series, Explorer,
Ranger and Expedition. Taurus, Mustang and Escort are among the top 10 best-selling cars
in the state.
Atkinson noted that "Ford Division in California is off to a phenomenal start for
the 2000 model year with dealers reporting brisk sales of the all-new Ford Focus and
Excursion, and the redesigned Taurus. We are expecting 2000 to be another record-breaking
year with exciting new products that will arrive in the months ahead, including the
Explorer Sport and Sport Trac, Ford Escape and the new Ford F-150 SuperCrew."
California-based Lincoln Mercury achieved state-wide registrations of 49,518 new cars
and trucks in 1999, up 14 percent over 1998 and outstripping the industry's growth rate.
Mercury registrations were particularly strong for the popular Cougar (up 45.3 percent
over 1998) and Grand Marquis (up 16 percent).
According to Mike Richards, Lincoln Mercury California regional manager, "1999
sales of the luxury Navigator SUV in California were the strongest in the nation, with
5,086 registered. Additionally, the Lincoln LS, Motor Trend's 2000 Car of the Year,
achieved registrations of 1,666 in California since its mid-year introduction,
representing a tremendously strong start and confirmation that Californians are agreeing
with Motor Trend."
Looking to the new year, Richards noted, "The LS and Navigator have broadened
Lincoln's appeal markedly, and the momentum will continue in 2000 with the introduction of
our long wheelbase Lincoln Town Car Cartier L. Turning to Mercury, sales of the redesigned
Sable are red hot, and we are looking forward to the extensively redesigned Mountaineer
SUV which will debut later this year. The new Mountaineer will incorporate many of the
features shown in the Mountaineer Concept at the Greater Los Angeles Auto Show last month.
We're expecting a great year in our home state."
SALES LEADERS IN CALIFORNIA
California Registrations Calendar Year 1999
Three Automotive Companies - Car & Truck
|1. FORD MOTOR COMPANY
|2. General Motors
Top Three Automotive
Divisions - Car & Truck
|1. FORD DIVISION
|Top 10 Cars
|1. Toyota Camry
|2. Honda Civic
|3. Honda Accord
|4. Toyota Corolla
|5. FORD TAURUS
|6. FORD MUSTANG
|7. FORD ESCORT
|8. VW Jetta
|10. Chevrolet Cavalier
* Does not include Jaguar, Volvo, Aston Martin or Mazda.
** Does not include Saab
|1. FORD F-SERIES
|2. Toyota Camry
|3. Honda Civic
|4. Honda Accord
|5. FORD EXPLORER
|6. Chevrolet C/K
|7. Toyota Corolla
|8. Toyota Tacoma
|9. FORD RANGER
|10. FORD EXPEDITION
(Feb. 16, 2000)