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December Auto Sales: Ford

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) -- Ford Motor Co. said Friday that its December U.S. sales rose 1.8 percent, led by the Fusion midsize sedan and the Escape small SUV.

BY THE NUMBERS: The Dearborn, Mich.-based automaker said it sold 218,058 cars and trucks last month, up from 214,222 a year ago.

TOP SELLERS: Fusion sales rose almost 27 percent to 24,408. Escape sales increased 22 percent to 24,462.

HOT MODELS: Lincoln MKZ midsize luxury car sales rose 73 percent to 2,823. F-Series pickup sales rose 8 percent to 74,592.