Ford Motors has started the year with record sales in China, posting a 36 percent increase of deliveries compared to January 2015.
The year did not start on very good terms for Ford Motors in terms of US sales. Coming off strong results a year back, the Detroit-based automaker sold 173,723 vehicles last month, a 2.6 percent decline compared to January 2015, marking a 3.0 percent fall for the Ford brand, but with an 8.4 percent rise for the Lincoln cars. If the East Coast storm pressured Ford’s US sales to go down, there was no pressure in sight for the Chinese market, as many automakers started the year with strong results on the world’s biggest auto market. Ford Motor began with record-breaking sales in China, with 130,832 vehicles sold in January, up 36 percent over the same period a year ago. Strong sales of the Escort, the new Mondeo, and Ford’s sport utility vehicle lineup helped boost January sales, the company said.
Changan Ford Automobile, Ford’s passenger car joint venture, also achieved records figures, with 111,856 vehicles delivered, marking a 58 percent rise. The Ford Escort helped drive January’s strong performance, with 28,980 models sold, a six-fold increase compared to January 2015, while the new Mondeo delivered a solid performance, with more than 15,000 vehicles sold, up 33 percent. Monthly sales of the Ford’s SUV’s range – Ecosport, Kuga, Edge, Explorer and Everest – totaled 37,411 units, a hefty 75 percent boost over a year ago. By contrast, Jiangling Motors Corporation, Ford’s commercial vehicle investment in China, reported a 24 percent fall in demand, to 17,255 vehicles last month, reflecting the weakness in the overall commercial vehicle industry.