Ford had record year for vehicle sales in China
Ford Motor Co. reported record sales of approximately 1.1 million vehicles in China last year, up three per cent from 2014.
Dearborn, Mich.-based Ford also set a new monthly sales record in December 2015, selling 124,768 vehicles, an increase of 27 per cent from the prior-year period.
Ford’s passenger car joint venture, Changan Ford Automobile, broke its annual and December sales records. For 2015, the joint venture sold 836,425 vehicles, a seven per cent rise from 2014. It sold 96,960 vehicles in December, a 49 per cent jump from the year-ago period.
Demand for its new Mondeo gave a boost to Changan’s annual and December sales performances, Ford said.
Annual sales of sport utility vehicles like the Ecosport, Kuga, Edge, Explorer and Everest rose 13 per cent to 274,188 vehicles. December sales of SUVs surged 56 per cent to 32,290 vehicles.
But despite all this good news, Jiangling Motors Corp., Ford’s commercial vehicle investment in China, reported a 6 per cent decline in annual sales and a 12 per cent drop in December sales.