Ford Sales in China Up 45% in May image

Ford reported sales in China up 45% in May, with record figures for passenger vehicle sales.

Ford said it has sold 70, 540 passenger vehicles in China in May, with the Focus compact keeping its place as the best-selling nameplate in the region. The new Focus and the older generation Focus sold 27,345 units, an increase from 23,140 units sold in May 2012. From January to May Focus’ sales increased 87%, mainly due to the automaker’s decision to manufacture the new model in China.

Ford plans to become a SUV leader in China, and it is quickly moving towards its goal as its SUVs’ popularity continues to grow. Kuga sales remained strong and the EcoSport sold more than 6,200 units in May, its second full month on the market. During the first five months of the year Ford sold 332,467 passenger cars in China, up 48%.

Ford is still a weak player in China, which is dominated by GM and VW, but it plans to make big investments in the region to build new facilities, increase the number of dealers and introduce the Lincoln brand later this year.