US carmaker Ford has posted a 14% rise in its sales in the Middle East during the first quarter of 2013, the brand's highest ever first-quarter sales in the region, driven by a 30% surge in sales of trucks and SUVs. The Ford Edge remains one of the segment leaders with over 70% growth recorded, while the Ford Expedition remained a popular GCC family SUV with about a 10% growth. The highest increase in sales during the quarter was recorded in Iraq, with almost 200% thanks to the growing demand for Taurus, Edge, Explorer and Expedition models. In the GCC, Bahrain commanded the lead with a 65% increase followed by 50% from Oman and 42% in Qatar. In the Levant region, Ford and Lincoln sales grew by 38% in Jordan, while they continued the steady growth in Lebanon following the appointment of the new importer-dealer.