Ford’s China sales pass the 1 million mark image

The second-largest US automaker has been a latecomer to China’s auto business, but its evolution in the world’s biggest auto market has been spectacular – its efforts have already paid off and during the first 11 months of the year it sold there more than 1 million units.

The automaker managed the excellent figure thanks to a 20% sales growth throughout the period – though this November proved a bit more difficult, with deliveries rising slower than other automakers’ China sales. Last month’s sales only rose 2%, reaching a tally of 100,834 units, for a year-to date total of 1,007,425 vehicles. In comparison, its US rival General Motors managed a 5.3% increase to 310,000 autos – but the American automaker is in another league in China, as it battles Germany’s Volkswagen AG for foreign supremacy. Ford still has more catching up to do before it can take the top players, but the Dearborn-based company has also heavily invested in expanding the local production capacity and model lineup.

Ford’s Changan passenger car joint venture saw sales of 729,711 units in the January to November period, up 20% – although November deliveries actually slid 5% to 69,145 autos. Jiangling Motor Corporation handles the commercial side of the portfolio and reported deliveries of 245,066 vehicles, rising 17% during the first 11 months and jumping 23% last month.