Ford Motors on Wednesday said its US auto sales in November rose 24.3 percent from a year earlier, led by big increase in sales of trucks and small cars.

The carmaker sold 147,338 vehicles in November as against 114,536 units sold in November 2009.

With our strongest-ever line of products, we're pleased to see more signs the economy is growing and the demand for new vehicles is increasing, said Ken Czubay, Ford vice president, U.S. Marketing, Sales and Service. Ford's broad range of high-quality, fuel-efficient vehicles are driving one of our best years ever and positioning Ford to deliver improved results in the future.

Year-to-date, Ford, Lincoln and Mercury sales totaled 1.74 million, up 21 percent - growing at double the overall industry rate. Ford remains on track to gain market share for the second year in a row - a result not achieved since 1993, the carmaker said in a statement.

Commenting on future plans, the company said, Ford plans to build 635,000 vehicles in the first quarter 2011, up 61,000 vehicles (11 percent) compared to the first quarter of 2010. Ford's fourth quarter production plan of 590,000 vehicles remains unchanged from the previous forecast.