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Ford Sales in China Remain Up Through April Despite Down Month

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Ford announced that April deliveries of Changan Ford Automobile and Jiangling Motors Corporation vehicles and Ford Motor Company imports totaled 82,324 units, down 11% year-over-year. Despite the decline, sales through the first four months of the year are up 7% at a total of 391,294 vehicles delivered.

“China continues to be a dynamic marketplace as it transitions from an industrial economy to a consumer-led economy,” Ford said in a statement given to The Detroit News. “Importantly, our sales year-to-date continue to outpace last year’s record-setting sales.”

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Changan Ford Automobile sales were down 11% in April at 58,802 units. To date, sales total 303,213 vehicles, up 14% from the total number delivered through the first four months of 2015.

Ford did not report sales figures for individual nameplates in April, though it did point out the year-to-date successes of a few of its vehicles. It was noted that Ford SUVs—including the EcoSport, Kuga, Edge, Explorer, and Everest—are up 27% through four months with more than 100,000 units delivered. The Escort was also pointed out as being a major driver of growth for the brand, with a total of 84,835 units having been sold over the course of the first third of the year.

Jiangling Motors Corporation sales were down 7% at a total of 22,165 vehicles delivered in April. Through four months, JMC sales total 82,471 vehicles, down 10% from the pace set in the first four months of 2015.

Ford also noted that it’s the CAF 1 Chongqing Assembly Plant will take down time for maintenance during the rest of the second quarter. The plant is responsible for production of the Ford EcoSport, Focus, and Mondeo.

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News Source: The Detroit News