OREANDA-NEWS. Ford Sollers plans to increase sales of passenger cars and light commercial vehicles by more than 20% in 2018, compared to 2017, against the market growth forecasts by 10% in 2018, said President of Ford Sollers, Adil Shirinov.

He also said that in 2018 the company will launch the production of the updated Ford EcoSport. The production of a new generation of Focus this year in Russia is not planned. "The dying segment is not our strategy," he said.

As previously reported "AUTOSTAT", in 2017, Russian dealers of Ford sold 50,360 vehicles, which is more by 18% than a year ago. Thus, the demand for the company's products has been growing for the second consecutive year at an increasing rate: in 2016, the growth compared to 2015 was 10%. The best-selling model of the brand remains Focus model - it was chosen by 15086 buyers in the last year (+ 36%).

The second place in terms of sales is occupied by crossover Ford Kuga, whose sales grew by 54% and they were 12,954 cars. The best dynamics of growth in demand in 2017 was demonstrated by the flagship SUV Ford Explorer - by 65% to 2524 cars.

Meanwhile, Ford Sollers by the results of work in 2017 for the first time in the last 4 years, came out on operating profit.