SHANGHAI – Ford China sales grew steadily this month, as year-to-date sales rose 46 percent to 105,209 wholesales sold compared with 71,954 during the same period last year. February sales increased seven percent, with 43,642 wholesale vehicles sold compared with 40,978 in 2012.
Strong February numbers were led by continued consumer demand for the Ford Focus. Focus sales nearly doubled in February, with 24,734 wholesales sold compared to 12,592 in February last year.
February marked several product milestones for Ford China. On the heels of the introduction of the highly anticipated all-new Kuga, Ford launched the Focus ST—the very first Ford performance car to come to China—and announced the pre-sale price for the sleek all-new Fiesta.
Ford will continue to aggressively expand its China portfolio in the coming weeks, bringing to market the EcoSport—a compact urban SUV—as well as the Explorer, one of the world’s most iconic and successful SUVs. By 2015, Ford and its partners will introduce a total of 15 new vehicles to the Chinese market.
Ford's passenger car joint venture Changan Ford Automobile (CAF) saw sales rise 39 percent in February with 29,389 wholesales sold, up from 21,092 sold last year.
Ford's commercial vehicle investment in China Jiangling Motors Corporation (JMC), sold 13,692 wholesale vehicles compared with 18,642 last year, down 27 percent.
Editor’s note: All sales figures quoted are based on wholesale numbers.