Ford continued its strong performance in China with vehicle sales in the first half for Ford, Lincoln and its joint ventures reaching 577,097 vehicles, a 6% increase compared to the same time last year.

Vehicle sales for Ford and its joint ventures in the first half were up 5% over last year to 564,647, with June accounting for 85,105 units sold. June results were 3% higher than June 2015.

"We continued to see solid growth in China during the first half,"·said Dave Schoch, Ford Asia Pacific chief. "Even as the pace of growth slows and the market matures, customers continue to respond well to our products, particularly our world-class SUV line-up."

Demand for Ford and Lincoln sport utility vehicles (SUVs) continued to be high in the first half of 2016 with combined sales of the Ford EcoSport, Kuga, Edge, Everest and Explorer and Lincoln MKC, MKX and Navigator surpassing 150,000 vehicles, a 27% increase over 2015.

The Edge saw sales pass the 50,000 mark during the first half. Sales of the Explorer increased nearly 50% over last year to 6,884. 

First half sales for Changan Ford Automobile (CAF), the passenger car joint venture, reached 434,645 vehicles, a 10% increase compared to last year. In June, CAF sold 64,377 vehicles, up 4% compared to June 2015.

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Jiangling Motors Corporation (JMC), the commercial vehicle JV in China, sold 19,351 vehicles in June, an increase of 5% compared to last year. First-half sales totalled 121,514 vehicles, down 7%.

Lincoln continued to see strong growth in China with 12,450 vehicles sold in the first half of 2016, an almost three-fold increase compared to last year. With this, the luxury brand already has exceeded last year's full-year sales of 11,630.