April 1, 2015 / 3:00 PM / 5 years ago

Ford says U.S. auto industry sales up 5 percent in first quarter

DETROIT, April 1 (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co said U.S. auto industry sales rose 5 percent in first quarter versus a year ago.

LMC Automotive, an industry analyst, has forecast that 2014 auto sales will end the year at 17 million vehicles, up 3 percent.

Major automakers issuing March new-vehicle U.S. sales figures on Wednesday are reporting mixed results. (Reporting by Bernie Woodall Editing by W Simon)

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