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FORD CHINA FIRST-HALF SALES ACCELERATE PAST THE HALF-MILLION MARK - UP 35 PERCENT FROM LAST YEAR
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- Ford China first-half sales reach 549,256 wholesale vehicles, up 35 percent, June sales reach 87,783 vehicles, up 17 percent

- CAF first-half sales reach 397,958 wholesales vehicles, up 39 percent, June sales reach 67,187 vehicles, up 23 percent

- JMC first-half sales reach 132,938, up 21 percent, June sales reach 19,012, up 19 percent

Ford China raced to a record first half, with 549,256 vehicles sold in the first six months of 2014, up 35 percent compared to 407,474 sold during the same period last year. Driven by continued strong demand for the Ford Focus, Ford Kuga, Ford Mondeo and the Ford EcoSport, Ford China’s June sales increased 17 percent with 87,783 vehicles sold, up from 75,166 sold in the same period last year.

“Ford’s strong sales in the first half demonstrate the success of our accelerated China growth plan,” said John Lawler, chairman and CEO of Ford China. “We continue to grow our sales network, increase capacity and hire great employees – all to deliver the high quality, safety, fuel efficiency and smart technologies that Chinese customers demand.”

Changan Ford (CAF), Ford’s passenger car joint venture, also enjoyed a record first half, selling 397,958 vehicles, up 39 percent from the 286,433 vehicles sold in the first half of 2013. CAF’s June sales reached 67,187 vehicles, up 23 percent compared to 54,774 sold in June 2013.

The Ford Focus nameplate continued to lead CAF sales in the first half with 201,464 units sold, up nine percent from 185,648 unit sales in the first half of 2013. June sales for the Ford Focus nameplate reached 33,614 vehicles, up seven percent from June 2013.

The Ford Mondeo nameplate, which sets the standard for refinement and smart technologies in the passenger car segment, also sold well in the first half, with 59,726 vehicles sold, a 124 percent increase compared to the 26,691 sold in the first half of 2013. June sales for the Ford Mondeo nameplate reached 10,044 vehicles, a 168 percent increase from June 2013.

Sales for Ford’s class-leading Ford Kuga and Ford EcoSport SUVs were also up in the first half. Ford Kuga sales rose 78 percent in the first six months with 66,225 wholesales sold. June sales for the Ford Kuga reached 10,901 vehicles, up 18 percent from the same period last year. Ford EcoSport sales more than doubled in the first six months, increasing 103 percent from a year earlier with 33,403 vehicles sold. June sales for the Ford EcoSport were also up, increasing 28 percent from June 2013 with 7,201 vehicles sold.

During the first half of 2014, Ford China also experienced a 70 percent increase in sales for its imported passenger vehicles, the Ford Focus ST, the Ford Fiesta ST, the Ford Edge and the Ford Explorer. Imported vehicle sales in the first half reached 18,360 vehicles compared to 10,811 in the first half of 2013.

Jiangling Motors Corporation (JMC), Ford's commercial vehicle investment in China, also delivered its best first-half performance, selling 132,938 vehicles, a 21 percent increase from 110,230 sold in the first six months of 2013. June sales were up 19 percent with 19,012 vehicles sold compared to 16,022 sold in June 2013.

As part of its accelerated China growth plan, last month Ford opened its US$350 million (RMB2.2 billion) transmission plant in Chongqing. Ford’s first transmission plant in the Asia Pacific region, the Changan Ford Transmission Plant (CAFTP) will produce 400,000 units a year to help meet growing demand from Chinese consumers. During the same month, Ford also launched 88 new dealerships across China in one day, taking its total count of dealer points in China to 750.
 

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"Ford also launched 88 new dealerships across China in one day, taking its total count of dealer points in China to 750."

88 new dealerships in one day should help keep the sales momentum going.

Focus sales are higher than the US at 120k

Mondeo sales are on a steady climb in the crowded midsize segment. Camry sales are about 15k monthly, so the new Mondeo at about 10k monthly is not far behind.
 

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Automotive News China Beijing coverage

GM's June deliveries rise 9% on Buick, Cadillac gains; Ford volume advances 17%
Automotive News China | 2014/7/8
SHANGHAI -- General Motors and its Chinese joint ventures sold 257,798 vehicles in June, a gain of 9 percent from a year earlier. That follows a 9 percent year-on-year rise in May and a 6 percent advance in April. Separately, Ford Motor Co. and its Chinese joint ventures sold 87,783 vehicles last month, up 17 percent from a year earlier.

Audi's monthly sales top 50,000 for first time
Automotive News China | 2014/7/8
CHANGCHUN -- Audi AG says June sales in China and Hong Kong rose 14 percent to 50,756 units on strong demand for the locally produced Q3 and Q5 SUVs. Monthly sales in China topped 50,000 units for the first time as Audi defended its status as China's top-selling luxury brand. For the first six months, Audi sales increased nearly 18 percent to 268,666 units.

VW to build 2 more assembly plants in China
Automotive News China | 2014/7/8
Volkswagen Group will build two assembly plants in China with its joint venture partner China FAW Group Corp. to strengthen its presence in China's fast-growing market. The two factories will be built in the east China port city of Qingdao and the northeast China port city of Tianjin, the German auto giant said on Monday. The company will spend 2 billion euros (16.8 billion yuan) to build the two facilities.

GM: Cadillac sales to increase 40% or more in '14
Reuters | 2014/7/8
SHANGHAI -- General Motors expects Cadillac sales in China to rise at least 40 percent this year, as the company steps up local production in a market key to transforming Cadillac into a global luxury brand, a senior executive said. Cadillac sales in China surged 72 percent during the first half, outpacing roughly 32 percent growth in China's premium vehicle market, the company reported on Friday. GM China Vice President John Stadwick forecast full-year sales of 70,000 vehicles.

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"Audi AG says June sales in China and Hong Kong rose 14 percent to 50,756 units on strong demand for the locally produced Q3 and Q5 SUVs."

This is a very good indicator for the 2015 Lincoln MKC that is set to launch in China 4th quarter and the $40k Audi Q3 looks like the target. Followed by the new MKX with both hitting the sweet spot.
 

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2015 should be even better....

Ford:
Next Ka
Focus facelift
Focus ST facelift
Escort (pushed back to January 2015)
Taurus production
Mustang import
Next Edge production
Explorer production?
Next S-Max?
Next Transit
Transit Connect

Lincoln:
MkX import
MkS import?

JMC:
?

Landwind:
E32 (Evoque copy)

Should be interesting...
 
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