Ford China broke sales records for a third consecutive month in November. Led by strong sales of the Ford Focus—the best-selling passenger car in China from August through October—Ford sold 67,505 wholesale vehicles last month, a 56% increase compared to November 2011. Ford China’s year-to-date sales are now up 18%.
Our plan to introduce 15 new vehicles by 2015 is on track, and with the launch of the Ford Kuga and EcoSport SUVs, we’re going to make more inroads into China’s fastest-growing segment as we work to double our production and retail capacity by 2015.—John Lawler, chairman and CEO of Ford Motor China
Ford passenger car sales—which include the imported Ford Edge—continue to grow, up 74% in November with 51,602 wholesale cars sold.
Focus posted 38,362 wholesale units sold in November and 259,492 wholesale units sold year to date. Edge sales are up 111% year-to-date while Mondeo is up 8% for the year.
Ford’s passenger car joint venture in China, Changan Ford Automobile Ltd. (CAF) also had a record month. CAF sold 50,423 wholesale cars in November, up 71% compared to November 2011 and up 27% for the year.
Jiangling Motors Corporation (JMC), Ford's commercial vehicle investment in China, posted a 16% growth in sales in November, with 15,903 wholesale vehicles sold in November compared to 13,721 sold the same time last year. JMC is up 2% for the year.
Last week Ford jointly announced with Changan Automobile Co., Ltd. (Changan) and Mazda Motor Corporation (Mazda) that they have obtained final approval from the Chinese government on the restructuring plan for their joint-venture in China, Changan Ford Mazda Automobile Co., Ltd. (CFMA). Effective 30 November, CFMA was restructured into two separate joint ventures: Changan Ford Automobile, a 50:50 JV between Changan and Ford; and Changan Mazda Automobile, a 50:50 JV between Changan and Mazda.