Ford global sales rose 37 per cent year-on-year in the first three months of 2010 , helping the company post a $2.1 billion (£1.3bn) profit for that period.
It was Ford's fourth quartely profit in a row, and its highest quarterly operating profit in six years. In the same period last year it made a net loss of $1.43bn (£900,000).
The company was profitable in North American, Asia, South America and Europe.
Ford credited its success - which amounts to 1.3 million sales over 986,000 a year ago - to improved vehicle sales, continued streamlining of its global automotive operations and profit from its lending arm, Ford Credit.
Ford also reported a one-time gain of $188 million (£123m) related to the sale of its Volvo brand to Geely Holding Group, which was completed at the end of March.