Ford Motor Co. says sales rose 25 percent in January, buoyed by a stronger economy and Toyota's decision to halt U.S. sales because of a gas pedal system problem.
Ford says car sales rose 43 percent while sales of trucks and SUVs rose 15 percent.
Automakers were expecting January sales to be up over the same month last year, when sales dipped to a 26-year low because of the tough economy.
Ford was also expecting to snatch some sales from Toyota, which stopped selling eight popular vehicles on Jan. 26. Ford and General Motors are offering incentives to Toyota drivers who trade in their cars and trucks.
Toyota will announce January sales later Tuesday.
Ford's figures include commercial vehicles, which are a small percentage of Ford's overall sales.
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