Ford Sales Dip 5% in China; Escort, Lincoln, Imports Maintain Positive Momentum
Ford Motor Company sales in China decreased 5% in October, slipping to 105,809 vehicles. Changan Ford Automobile (CAF) sales were down 11% at 73,551 vehicles delivered; Jiangling Motor Corporation (JMC) sales totaled 25,275 vehicles, up 6% year-over-year; Lincoln sales were up 48% at 5,514 vehicles; and imports increased 13% at 1,469 vehicles.
“Both Lincoln and JMC set new records for October sales in China. Lincoln continues to grow rapidly, with year-to-date sales up 85%,” said Jason Luo, chairman and CEO, Ford China. “Meanwhile, strong customer demand for Ford Mondeo and Ford Kuga continued in October, with both nameplates achieving double digit growth compared to October 2016.”
Despite the down month for CAF, its biggest volume-seller, the Escort, saw sales increase 6% year-over-year to 29,238 vehicles. Mondeo sales rose 13% to 10,148 vehicles delivered, and Kuga was up 11% at 7,678 vehicles sold.
The Ford Tourneo saw its sales increase 124% in October, and the JMC Pick-Up saw its sales jump 30% year-over-year at 6,498 vehicles. Sales of the JMC Teshun remained strong, totaling 3,136 vehicles.
Lincoln once again saw success across the lineup in October; MKZ sales rose 55%, MKC sales were up 3%, MKX sales increased 12%, Navigator sales grew 56%, and Continental sales totaled 1,090 examples.
After 10 months, Ford China’s sales total 938,570 vehicles, down 5% from the pace set through October 2016.