Dearborn-based Ford Motor Co. and its joint ventures today reported first-half vehicles sales in 2016 of nearly 564,650 in China, up 5 percent over last year.
The company’s wholly owned subsidiaries, joint ventures, and investment in China include Ford Motor (China) Limited, Ford Motor Research & Engineering (Nanjing) Co. Ltd., Ford Automotive Finance (China) Ltd., Changan Ford Automobile Co. Ltd., Changan Ford Mazda Engine Co. Ltd. and Jiangling Motors Co. Ltd.
“We continue to see solid growth in China during the first half (of the year),” says Dave Schoch, group vice president of Ford and president of Asia Pacific. “Even as the pace of growth slows and the market matures, customers continue to respond well to our products, particularly our world-class SUV lineup.”
Combined first-half sales of Ford and Lincoln SUVs, the Ford EcoSport, Kuga, Edge, Everest and Explorer, and Lincoln MKC, MKX, and Navigator accounted for more than 150,000 vehicle sales in China, a 27 percent increase over 2015.
The Ford Edge saw sales surpass the 50,000 mark during the first half, while sales for the Ford Explorer increased nearly 50 percent over last year to nearly 6,885.
First-half sales for Changan Ford Automobile, Ford’s passenger car joint venture, reached 434,645 vehicles, a 10 percent increase compared to last year. In June, Changan sold nearly 64,380 vehicles, up 4 percent compared to June 2015.
Jiangling Motors Corp., Ford’s commercial vehicle investment in China, sold nearly 19,350 vehicles in June, an increase of 5 percent compared to last year. First-half sales totaled nearly 121,500 vehicles, down 7 percent.
Lincoln also saw growth in China with 12,450 vehicles sold in the first half of 2016, an almost threefold increase compared to last year.
FCA US LLC sold nearly 70,100 units in China for the first half of 2016, up nearly 40 percent compared with the first half of 2015. The company sold 11,620 units in June, up 75 percent compared with June a year ago. Company officials say its locally produced Jeep Cherokee is its best-selling model in the market.
General Motor Co. officials say a strong performance in June also enabled the company to set its first-half record for deliveries in China. GM and its joint ventures’ first-half deliveries in China were up 5.3 percent to more than 1.8 million.