Ford Reports Best 1st-Quarter Profit In 13 Years The automaker said Tuesday that net income rose to about $2.5 billion, up from $2 billion in the same quarter last year and its best first-quarter performance since 1998. Ford sold plenty of F-series pickup trucks and Explorer SUVs. But unlike in the past, when big gas-guzzlers were cash cows for American automakers, it's Ford's smaller, fuel-efficient cars that are driving its earnings.
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Ford Reports Best 1st-Quarter Profit In 13 Years

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Ford Reports Best 1st-Quarter Profit In 13 Years

Ford Reports Best 1st-Quarter Profit In 13 Years

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The automaker said Tuesday that net income rose to about $2.5 billion, up from $2 billion in the same quarter last year and its best first-quarter performance since 1998. Ford sold plenty of F-series pickup trucks and Explorer SUVs. But unlike in the past, when big gas-guzzlers were cash cows for American automakers, it's Ford's smaller, fuel-efficient cars that are driving its earnings.

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INSKEEP: Ford executive chairman Bill Ford, Jr. recently told NPR the company's been preparing for higher fuel prices.

BILL FORD: You know, we took a point of view a few years ago at Ford that we wanted to be the fuel economy leader in each segment that we participated in. And so we invested heavily in fuel-saving technologies. And those vehicles are here now, and I'm really glad we did that.

INSKEEP: Ford showed its strongest sales growth in Asia, and said the disaster in Japan has had little impact on its production.

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