Ford says its U.S. sales rose 13 percent in November, as higher sales of trucks and sport utility vehicles countered a decline in cars.
Sales totaled 166,865 vehicles last month, compared with 147,338 a year earlier.
The automaker says sales of cars last month fell 9 percent, while sales of SUVs jumped 29 percent. Truck sales were up 22.8 percent.
Ford-branded sales were up 20 percent from a year earlier. Sales of the Explorer tripled, while sales of the Ford Escape were up 46 percent.
Ford Motor Co. also said Thursday that it believes the current momentum in the industry should continue. It plans to build 675,000 vehicles in the first quarter of next year, up 3 percent, or 18,000 vehicles, compared with the same period this year.