The sale of Ford Motor Co's Fusion sedan soared last month but that was not enough to overcome big declines elsewhere as the company posted a 4 percent loss in July.
Ford's bestseller, the F-Series pickup was flat compared with last July while sales of the Escape small SUV fell 12 percent after the latest version was recalled for safety issues. The Fiesta subcompact was down 23 percent and Ford's Lincoln line of vehicles fell 11 percent.
But the bright spot for the company continues to be the Fusion sedan, which saw sales climb 21 percent. The Ford Explorer SUV was also up, 15 percent.
Ford blames some of its losses on decreased sales to government and rental fleets in July. Fleet sales were down 16 percent.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.