Ford’s China ventures extend auto sales recovery in June

FILE PHOTO: The new Ford Focus car is displayed during a media preview at the Auto China 2018 motor show in Beijing, China April 25, 2018.

BEIJING: Ford Motor’s China ventures reported year-on-year sales growth for June as the world’s biggest auto market continues to recover from coronavirus-induced lows.

The U.S. automaker’s Chongqing-based venture with Changan said on Monday its sales jumped 7.7 per cent from a year earlier. It did not disclose the number of vehicles sold.

Ford’s new SUV models including Escape, Edge and Explorer are selling well and contributed to growth in past months, it said in a statement.

Jiangling Motors Corp (JMC) , in which Ford owns a stake, said in a filing last week that it sold 39,192 vehicles last month, up 67 per cent year on year. JMC sells Ford-branded sport-utility vehicles (SUV) and vans as well as JMC-branded commercial vehicles.

The ventures also saw sales up in April and May, putting the Dearborn, Michigan-based company on track for its first quarterly growth since the third quarter of 2017. It said the aging model lineup caused the sales slide.

Ford’s rival General Motors said its sales in China dropped 5.3per cent between April and June.

Z24 News

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