The automaker said it earned $1.2 billion, or 30 cents a share, in line with estimates. Revenue rose 14% to $38.1 billion. Analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters had estimated $35.2 billion.
In the same period a year earlier, the company earned $1.1 billion, or 4 cents a share.
Ford's pretax profit was $2.6 billion or 45 cents a share, compared with 30 cents in the same period a year earlier.
"Our strong second quarter with improved results in every region around the world is another proof point that our One Ford plan is continuing to deliver and is building momentum," said CEO Alan Mulally, in a prepared statement. "We are providing profitable growth for everyone associated with Ford."
In premarket trading two hours before the opening bell, Ford shares were up 53 cents to $17.47.
Looking ahead, Ford said it now expects total pretax profit to be equal to or higher than the 2012 level.
Ford said its North American division set quarterly and first-half records for pretax profits while Asia Pacific Africa delivered its best ever quarterly profit. South America returned to profitability while Europe showed improvement, and Ford Credit reported a pretax operating profit of $454 million.
In North America, pretax profit was $2.3 billion, an improvement of $319 million. In South America, pretax profit was $151 million, up from $5 million in the same period a year earlier. In Asia Pacific Africa, the pretax gain was $177 million, compared with a year-earlier loss of $66 million.