Ford China reports record August sales image

Ford Motor Company set a new sales record in China last month, helped by strong demand for the all new Ford Focus.

With 48,631 vehicles sold, up 39 percent from last year, Ford China posted its highest-ever August sales. So far this year, Ford’s China subsidiary has sold 368,513 units, up 8 percent compared with January-August 2011.

In the first half of this year, the Ford Focus became the best-selling single nameplate in the world, based on global data from IHS Automotive. No less than 489,616 Focus sedans and hatchbacks have been sold globally in the first half of 2012.

Sales of Ford vehicles in China, including the imported Edge SUV, have also reached a record level for the month of August, with 33,640 units delivered, accounting for an increase of 65 percent. The Ford Edge enjoyed 94 percent higher sales so far this year and sales are expected to grow even more, as the SUV is now available with a 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine that delivers up to 20 percent better fuel economy and 15 percent CO2 emission reductions.

The Ford Mondeo also enjoyed strong demand, with sales up 44 percent in August to 4,594 units. Last week, Ford announced it would bring Lincoln to China during the second half of 2014.