Ford announced on Monday that its sales in China came close to one million last year on a 49.3% growth from 2012. Of the total of 935,813 deliveries, 678,951 came from Chang’an Ford, which saw a year-on-year increase of 62.2%, and 230,006 from the joint venture with Jiangling, which recorded a growth of 15%.
The Focus alone posted 403,640 sales, 36% more than a year ago. The EcoSport and Kuga SUVs, both released in the first quarter of 2013, delivered 59,680 and 95,891 units respectively. All of the three cars have been built in Chongqing by Ford in partnership with Chang’an Auto.
JMC (Jiangling Motors Co., Ltd.), in which Ford recently increased its stake from 30% to 32%, sold 67,785 Transit vans, 79,936 light-duty trucks, 81,893 pickups and SUVs, and 392 heavy-duty trucks. All of the vehicles, except the Ford Transit, bear JMC logos.
While accounting for a small portion of total deliveries, demand for imported Ford cars more than tripled in 2013. Combined sales of Focus ST, Fiesta ST, Explorer, and Edge, none of which are made in China, increased 231% to 26,856