Ford Motor Co. says its U.S. sales fell 2.4 percent in May, as strong sales of small cars were weighed down by slower sales of pickup trucks.
Ford said May was its best month for small-car sales since 2008. They were up 74 percent from last May, led by Ford's new Fiesta subcompact and its newly redesigned Ford Focus.
The new Ford Explorer also was strong, with sales more than double those of last May.
Ford's truck sales were down 11 percent, dented by the slow recovery in home building and construction.
Ford's luxury Lincoln brand also continued to suffer, with sales down 5 percent from last May. The company is in the midst of revamping the Lincoln brand.