Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) said Tuesday it sold 235,642 vehicles in June, a 13 percent increase from a year ago, led by a winning streak of demand for the Escape crossover, a doubling of sales of the Fiesta mini since June 2012 and a nearly 24 percent jump in sales of the F-Series pickup, America’s No. 1 selling vehicle.

The company beat estimates from auto intelligence providers, Kelley Blue Book and and said total sales were the best June since 2006.

“We’re particularly encouraged by strong retail share gains, especially in coastal markets,” said Ken Czubay, head of U.S. sales, marketing and service for the Dearborn, Mich., company.

Ford’s smaller cars -- the Fiesta, Focus and C-MAX -- saw sales jump 39 percent compared to June 2012. In line with industry expectations, sales declined 4.4 percent after a robust May buying month.

The recently revamped Fusion sedan had the model’s best June performance with 29,553 unit sales, while the Escape beat an all-time monthly record since it was first introduced 13 years ago.

Sales of the F-Series pickup truck declined slightly from 71,604 units in May to 68,009. America’s most popular vehicle has seen unit sales grow more than 20 percent since the start of the year on higher consumer confidence and a rebounding housing market. 

Intersting to note: Ford's police interceptor, its Transit cargo van and its heavy trucks all saw strong sales last month.