Ford and its local joint ventures set a record for sales in China in 2015 as volume rose 3% year on year to 1,115,124. December sales also set a record of 124,768 vehicles sold, up 27%.
The Changan Ford Automobile (CAF) passenger car joint venture broke both annual and December sales records. CAF sold 836,425 vehicles in 2015, up 7% compared to 2014. December sales totaled 96,960 vehicles, an increase of 49% compared to December 2014.
Demand for the new Mondeo helped drive annual and December sales performance for CAF. Annual sales of the sedan totaled 113,990, up 8% compared to 2014, and December sales reached 13,995 vehicles, up 42% compared to December 2014.
Sport utility vehicle (SUV) sales also were strong in 2015. Annual sales of the Ecosport, Kuga, Edge, Explorer and Everest surpassed the 250,000 mark for the first time with 274,188 vehicles sold, up 13% compared to 2014. December was strongest month to date for SUV sales with 32,290 vehicles sold, up 56% compared to December 2014.
Annual sales of vehicles equipped with EcoBoost engines were up 31% and exceeded the 300,000 mark for the first time in China.
Jiangling Motors Corporation (JMC), the commercial vehicle unit in China, sold 253,359 vehicles in 2015, down 6% compared to 2014. December sales totaled 26,391 vehicles, down 12% compared to December 2014 reflecting continued weakness in the overall commercial vehicle industry.