Ford F-150 truck

Nearly 1.4 million F-series trucks, Escapes and Fusions helped make Ford Motor Co. the industry’s biggest market share gainer in 2013 as the company turned in one of the most profitable years in its history.

Automotive News reported that Ford added almost half a point of U.S. market share, more than double the gains by any of its major rivals. Its sales rose 11%, and the Ford division was the only brand to sell more than 2 million units during the year.

F-series sales of 763,402 — which Ford pointed out was more than enough to line up end-to-end from Los Angeles to New York — were the highest since 2006, the highest of any nameplate in 2013, and 59% more than the second-place Chevrolet Silverado.

“Dealers are looking at record profits, which are good, and so is the manufacturer,” said Jeff Carlson, who owns two Ford dealerships in Colorado. “It’s like the old ‘A-Team’: ‘I love it when a plan comes together.’ We all are pretty happy this year.”

Overall, industry sales increased 8% in 2013 to 15.6 million vehicles. But the strongest year since 2007 ended on a relatively weak note, with December sales rising just 0.2% from a year ago.

The seasonally adjusted annualized selling rate fell to 15.4 million, from 16.4 million in November. Many analysts had forecast a rate of at least 16 million for December.

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