DETROIT (AP) _ Sales of Ford Motor Co. vehicles dropped 12.6 percent in January compared with a year ago, the nation's second biggest automaker reported Friday.

Ford passenger car sales plummeted 21.7 percent while light truck sales dropped 7.6 percent.

The Dearborn, Mich.-based automaker's foreign units did better. Land Rover sales soared by 133 percent, Jaguar saw an 88 percent increase and Volvo sold one more vehicle than it did during January a year ago.

Subaru of America Inc. reported its 11th consecutive month of year-over-year sales increases and the best month ever for its Impreza line.

Subaru sales were 1.8 percent higher than a year ago. Sales of Impreza sedans, wagons and coupes shot up 95 percent from a year ago.

German automaker Volkswagen AG's U.S. sales rose by 6 percent over those during January 2001 led by a 65.2 percent increase in sales of its Passat, a January record.

Audi of America Inc. reported a 2.5 percent bump in sales from January 2001, its best January ever.

BMW of North America Inc. reported a 16 percent rise in sales, but Porsche Cars North America Inc. saw a 27.5 percent decrease.

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