Ford Motor Co. says its U.S. sales rose 13 percent in April on strong sales of its cars.
Ford said buyers are placing more emphasis on fuel economy in every category of vehicle they're buying.
Fuel-efficient models such as the subcompact Fiesta and the Focus sedan did well. But so did the Ford Mustang sport car, which saw sales jump 59 percent over last April. Overall car sales rose 26 percent.
Truck sales rose 11.5 percent while utility sales climbed 11 percent. Sales of the Explorer SUV more than doubled from last year. Ford says the SUV is currently the fastest selling vehicle in its lineup.
Half of all pickup buyers chose Ford's new V-6 engine instead of the less efficient V-8.