Ford Motor Co.'s U.S. sales chief Mark LaNeve is not nervous about competition with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV. About being outsold by Fiat in September, LaNeve said, "We don’t worry about being in a contest with them", while adding "You know, there’s been months when we beat General Motors and we didn’t pound our chests when that happened. It was a function of timing and what have you."
LaNeve seemed to attribute the recent decline in Ford vehicle sales mostly to the -11% drop in sales to rental car agencies. But he is looking forward to revamped models of its SUVs, the Escape and Explorer, to be launched in the middle of 2019 and hopes these to boost sales.