One million isn't a number to turn your nose up at. Whether if it's in reference to dollars earned or grains of sand on a beach, it's hard to argue that it's not a big number. In the case of Ford and its joint ventures in China, the big number represents the number of vehicles sold in 2016 - a statistic recently reported by Ford representatives. According to the released statement, this notable accomplishment occurred earlier than anticipated; in 2015, it took an extra month before one million vehicles were sold. Additionally, monthly sales reached an all-time November high of 124,113 cars, a 17-percent year-over-year increase.
Peter Fleet, the vice president of Marketing, Sales and Service, Asia Pacific, shared his excitement for the news. “Ford is gaining more momentum in China each month and we are on pace for a record year in China,” he said. “We are seeing increasing demand across our lineup, particularly our full family of SUVs.”
Adding to the accolades, monthly sales also were on the up-and-up for Changan Ford Automobile, Ford's passenger car joint venture in China. In total, sales reached over 96,000 vehicles, a 14-percent increase compared to the same time last year. To date, CAF has sold approximately 842,000 vehicles, which is also a 14-percent increase from 2015.
Leading the charge for this year's successes were Ford's family of SUVs; specifically, the Ford Explorer. Its sales came in with a 73-percent increase. Not to be overshadowed, sales for the Ford Edge also increased 21 percent in November, while the Ford Focus and Ford Escort increased by 28 and 50 percent, respectively. Watch the Explorer in the video below:
China-based Jiangling Motor Corporation, Ford's commercial vehicle investment in the area, also reported strong numbers in November. Overall, the corporation sold over 26,000 vehicles, translating to a 29-percent increase compared to last year's numbers for the month. A five-percent increase year-to-date was also reported, with year-to-date sales surpassing 232,000 vehicles total.
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