Ford Motor Co. said Tuesday its vehicle sales in China rose 24 percent in April to 54,881 units due to strong demand for the new Ford Focus.
Sales of the new Ford Focus topped 9,400 in its first few weeks on sales last month, bringing Ford China’s April wholesale total to 54,881, a 24 percent increase from April 2011.
CFMA sold 34,108 Ford brand wholesale vehicles this month, an increase of 30 percent from April 2011.
Jiangling Motors Corporation (JMC) Ford’s commercial vehicle investment in China, sold 20,773 wholesale vehicles this month, an increase of 16 percent from April 2011.
Ford China has sold 176,274 vehicles year-to-date in China.
Ford announced plans last week to build a $760 million assembly plant in Hangzhou that will double its Chinese output to 1.2 million vehicles annually. Dearborn, Mich.-based Ford has said it will bring 15 new models and 20 new engines and transmissions to China by 2015.
Auto sales in China rose just 2.5 percent last year, after a decade of double-digit annual growth. Sales were down 1.3 percent in the first quarter of this year from a year earlier, the first quarter to show a decline in seven years, according to official figures.