* Ford's Euro-19 sales up 19.4 pct in Dec to 76,900 cars
* Ford's Euro-19 2013 sales down 2.1 pct to 1.08 mln cars
* Ford to launch at least seven new models in Europe in 2014
BERLIN, Jan 15 Ford is counting on new
models and a stabilizing European car market to increase sales
in the region this year, after shrinking demand inflicted a
small drop in 2013 deliveries.
A 19.4 percent surge in December sales in the so-called
Euro-19 markets, including all major countries plus the Baltic
states, limited the annual decline to 2.1 percent or 1.08
million autos, Ford Europe said on Wednesday.
The U.S. carmaker is planning to launch at least seven new
vehicles in Europe this year, including the Indian-built
EcoSport affordable sport-utility vehicle (SUV), the Mondeo
mid-sized car and the Transit van.
"We are determined to build upon the solid foundation we've
built in 2013," Ford Europe sales chief Roelant de Waard said in
New or revamped vehicles accounted for over 40 percent of
Ford's European sales last year, the carmaker's regional chief,
Stephen Odell, said. Ford has raised to 25 from 15 the number of
new models it aims to introduce in Europe over the next five
Cologne, Germany-based Ford Europe expects Western European
registrations to grow in 2014 after stabilizing at 13.5 million
last year, Odell told Reuters last November, restating a 2015
Ford's share of Europe's five biggest markets - Germany,
Britain, France, Italy and Spain - rose one percentage point
last year to 8.2 percent, the company said.
The carmaker predicted last October that its European
business would post a smaller pretax loss in 2013 than the $1.75
billion deficit recorded in 2012 - a marked improvement on the
$2 billion loss forecast in January 2013.
Dearborn, Michigan-based Ford will publish 2013 earnings on