SHANGHAI, China – Ford China maintained its strong growth momentum in May as record sales of passenger vehicles pushed wholesales up 45 percent from a year earlier to 70,540 units. The May results bring Ford’s total wholesales in China to 332,467 for the first five months of the year, up 48 percent from the same period a year earlier.
Sales were supported by Ford’s full lineup of class-leading SUVs in China, including the all-new Ford EcoSport. In its second full month on the market, the urban SUV saw sales of 6,231 units, bringing total sales since its launch to 13,815 units. Sales of the technology-packed all-new Ford Kuga also remained strong at 7,892 units, and 28,164 units since its launch.
Changan Ford Automobile, Ford’s passenger car joint venture in China, sold 51,099 wholesales in May, a 48 percent increase from May 2012. For the year to date, Changan Ford Automobile’s sales total 231,818 units, up 71 percent from a year earlier.
The Ford Focus remained the company’s sales champion in May, with 27,345 total wholesales, up from 23,140 a year earlier. In the first five months of the year, Ford sold nearly 155,000 units of the Focus in China, up almost 87 percent from the same period a year earlier.
China Jiangling Motors Corporation (JMC), Ford’s commercial vehicle joint-venture, also enjoyed robust sales growth in May, with 17,057 vehicles sold, up 21 percent from 14,056 in May 2012. To the end of May, JMC’s sales in China total 94,208 this year, up from 87,521 in the first five months of 2012.
Ford’s success in the market was matched by success on the track, as a Ford Focus racing car belonging to the Changan Ford Racing Team roared to a convincing victory in the second stage of the 2013 China Touring Car Championship (CTCC) in Shanghai. The Changan Ford Racing Team has claimed five of the past seven CTCC manufacturers’ titles.
Ford China is also strengthening its environmental commitment as it prepares to launch its flagship Conservation and Environmental Grants China (CEGC) philanthropy program, and Level Up!, its capacity-building program for green NGOs, on June 5, World Environment Day. For the first time, CEGC will be awarding grants of RMB2 million to better support domestic environmental efforts.
Since its establishment 13 years ago, CEGC has awarded the great work of 301 grassroots environmental leaders and groups in China. For more information, please visit www.fordgreen.com.cn
. Editor’s note: All sales figures quoted are based on wholesale numbers.