Mark Fields, Ford's president of the Americas, says annualized industry sales may have hit 13 million in August. He says Ford has already surpassed August sales last year with a weekend still to go.
Automakers are scheduled to report monthly sales on Tuesday. The clunkers program is expected to offer a much-needed lift. Ford was among the program's top gainers, with its Focus compact car and Escape crossovers among the top new vehicles purchased in exchange for trade-ins.
The Transportation Department says the program