Ford Crosses Half-Million Sales Mark in China
Ford hit the half-million sales mark in China after just six months, moving 543,488 vehicles through June and keeping the automaker on pace to meet or surpass its 2014 sales figure. Ford and its joint ventures combined to deliver 83,506 vehicles in China last month, down 3% year-over-year.
“Our sales for the first half of the year were steady in a weakening industry. We expect to see a stronger second half as new products we’ve been launching continue to build momentum and as we launch additional products, including the new Ford Taurus, which has been uniquely designed to cater to the needs and demands of Chinese consumers,” said John Lawler, chairman and CEO of Ford Motor China. “We are pleased that China’s discerning car buyers continue to choose Ford and we are committed to bringing them Ford’s high-quality, safe, smart, and fuel-efficient global portfolio of vehicles.”
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Changan Ford Automobile sold 61,979 vehicles in June, also down 3% from June 2014. To date, CAF has moved 394,978 vehicles in China, consistent with sales from the year prior. CAF’s biggest draws have been SUVs and performance cars. The Ford Kuga sold 4% better in the first half with 65,767 units delivered, and it combined with the Edge and Explorer for a total of 118,719 vehicles sold through six months.
The Ford Fiesta ST, Focus ST, and Mustang were up 120% through six months with 1,263 vehicles sold combined. The new Focus ST will be among five model launches that will occur in China over the next six months, along with the Taurus, Everest, Explorer, and Focus.
Jiangling Motors Corporation moved 19,016 vehicles in June, bringing its first-half total up to 133,654 vehicles.
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