July 04, 2013

Ford China reports 48 per cent increase in June sales; first half sales up by 47 per cent

Ford China's sales soared in the first half of 2013 with 407,721 wholesales sold for the year, up 47 per cent compared to the first half of 2012. Record first-half results were buoyed by a record June, when Ford sold 75,254 wholesales, up 44 per cent compared to the
same period last year.

"Our performance demonstrates that we continue to build momentum in China," said John Lawler, Chairman and CEO of Ford China. "In the first half of 2013, we introduced four new passenger cars, significantly refreshed the Fiesta and Transit, set sales records, and launched a new engine and assembly plant. We are so pleased to continue serving Chinese customers with a growing portfolio of high quality, safe, fuel-efficient vehicles packed with smart technologies that they love and value."

Ford's passenger car joint-venture Changan Ford (CAF) set records in the first half, selling more cars in the first half of 2013 than it ever has, with 286,680 wholesales sold, up 66 per cent compared to the first half of 2012. In June, CAF sales reached 54,862 wholesales, up 48 per cent compared to the same period last year.

Leading CAF sales was the Ford Focus, which sustained its sales momentum in June, with 31,499 wholesales sold, up 16 per cent from June 2012. Ford the first half of the year, Ford sold 185,697 wholesale units of the Focus in China, an increase of 69 per cent from 2012.

Chinese customers continue to be excited by Ford's SUVs, including the all-new Ford Kuga, which sold 9,248 wholesale units in June, with 37,412 wholesales sold since its launch earlier this year. The Ford EcoSport also continued to turn heads, with 5,661 wholesale units sold last month.
Ford saw a five fold increase in sales of its imported passenger vehicles in the first half of 2013, with 10,811 wholesale units sold compared to 2,222 in the first half of 2012.

Ford's commercial vehicle investment in China Jiangling Motors Corporation (JMC) also delivered its best first half performance, with 110,230 wholesales sold, an increase of seven percent. June sales were up six per cent with 16,022 wholesales sold. Despite a contracting commercial vehicle market, first-half sales of the Ford Transit jumped 21 per cent from a year earlier, with 32,553 wholesales sold.


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