Ford Sales Rise 33% as GM, Chrysler's Fall
But all three domestic automakers suffered in '09
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 5, 2010 3:15 PM CST
In this Dec. 27, 2009, photo, the blue oval of Ford Motor Company glimmers off the chromed grille of an unsold 2010 Ford Edge at a Ford dealership in Lakewood, Colo.   (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

(Newser) – Ford continued to dominate its domestic rivals in December, with the carmaker the only one of the "big three" to see sales advance. The company's US sales rose 33%, marking Ford's best month since May 2008. GM saw a 6% sales decline for December, while Chrysler's sales were down 4%.

Ford also said its market share increased 1 percentage point to 15% for 2009, its first full-year share increase since 1995. Not that all was rosy. Sales for the year tanked 15%. Annual figures were even worse at GM, down 30%, and Chrysler, 36%, the New York Times reports. Chrysler sold 931,402 vehicles, the first time it's been below 1 million since 1962.