After GM, Ford is the second Detroit-based automaker reporting sales increase in China over last year, with a three percent rise from 2014 results.
Even if Ford has entered the Chinese auto market much later than General Motors or Volkswagen, the second-ranked automaker in Detroit announced it set a record for sales in China in 2015, as annual figures reached 1,115,124 vehicles, up three percent compared to 2014. December also saw all-time high for the month with 124,768 units sold, a 27 percent increase over the same period of 2014. By comparison, GM reported more than three times cars sold in China than the Blue Oval. As expected, SUV sales were also strong in 2015. Annual sales of the Ford Ecosport, Kuga, Edge, Explorer and Everest surpassed the quarter million mark for the first time with 274,188 vehicles, up 13 percent compared to 2014. December was Ford’s strongest month to date for sport utility vehicles sales with 32,290 vehicles, up 56 percent.
It was also the first full year for Ford’s Lincoln luxury-car brand in China, as the company is trying to steal some market share from the premium segment. If Lincoln delivered 11,630 cars in 2015, GM sold 79,779 luxury Cadillacs last year. Lincoln offers a full SUV line-up in China – the medium-size premium utility Lincoln MKC, the medium-large-size MKX and the full-size luxury SUV Lincoln Navigator, as well as the mid-size premium sedan, the Lincoln MKZ. Lincoln exceeded its dealership expansion plan by opening 33 Lincoln Stores, eight more than planned. The division will continue its expansion in China, with 60 dealers in 50 cities by the end of 2016. Lincoln also plans to launch the full-size luxury sedan Lincoln Continental.