Ford Motor Co., seeking to challenge Toyota Motor Corp.’s dominance in gasoline-electric vehicles, said it will pass its full-year record for U.S. hybrid sales this month on demand for its Fusion and C-Max models.
Detroit’s boom-and-bust history was built on a dependence on big, fuel-thirsty vehicles. Now, with freshly stocked showrooms of new cars and more-efficient trucks, U.S. automakers are gaining ground on their Asian competitors with the best lineup in a generation.
For the second time in seven months, Toyota Motor Corp. and Ford Motor Co. both claim to produce the world’s top-selling car. The clash shows how counting in the global automotive industry is complicated.
Ford Motor Co., expecting record U.S. sales of its hybrid vehicles this year, said buyers are equipping those cars with technology and safety options more frequently than models with conventional powertrains.