Ford, GM sales up 5 percent in China in the first half of the year image

The world’s biggest auto market continues to bring strong sales gains for the Detroit-based automakers, a pace expected to continue in the coming months as well.

New-vehicle sales for Ford-branded models in China were up 5 percent over last year to 564,647 units, with June accounting for 85,105 deliveries. Last month results were 3 percent higher than June 2015. If Lincoln figures are being thrown into the mix, Ford’s total then jumps to 577,097 vehicles. The sales drivers were once again the automaker’s SUVs with 150,000 units, especially the Edge model which saw over 50,000 shipments. Lincoln is also on a booming trend with 12,450 vehicles sold in the first half of 2016, an almost three-fold increase compared to last year. “We continue to see solid growth in China,” said Dave Schoch, Ford Group vice president 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.”

Meanwhile, General Motors set a record for deliveries in China for the first six months of 2016, as the demand was up 5.3 percent to 1,810,476 units helped by a 11.2 percent surge in June (273,563 units). “Sales of the Cadillac luxury brand and Buick have remained strong throughout 2016,” GM China President Matt Tsien said. “We have also seen very high demand for our Baojun entry-level passenger car brand and a return to growth for the Wuling brand.” Buick sales were up 10 percent to 86,054 units last month, pushed by the success of the Excelle GT sedan and Envision SUV, while Cadillac jumped 34 percent on an annual basis to 9,552. Chevrolet however continues to be GM’s weak link with sales falling 25 percent further in June to 35,648 vehicles.