Ford posted its largest year on year sales increase since 2016 after third quarter 2020 volume in China (in which the automaker includes Taiwan) rose 25.4%.

The automaker and its joint ventures, China's Changan Ford and JMC plus Taiwan's Ford Lio-Ho, sold 164,352 vehicles in "Greater China" in the third quarter. The tally was a 3.6% increase quarter to quarter. Sales of Ford, Lincoln and JMC brand vehicles achieved year over year growth of 12.5%, 64.8% and 38.3%, respectively.

"Ford is strengthening its sales momentum in China by building on growing consumer preference for our iconic brand and favourable product mix of luxury and near premium utility vehicles," said Anning Chen, president and CEO of Ford China.

Third quarter highlights:

  • Ford brand vehicle sales in Greater China totaled 87,131 units, up 12.5% year over year
  • Ford brand SUVs sold 38,749 units in the mainland China market, an increase of 72.2% year on year and 34.8% over the second quarter
  • Strong demand for commercial vehicles in mainland China market drove Transit sales 30% higher to 12,463 year-over-year.
  • Ford Lio-Ho sales in Taiwan rose 60.7% year on year to 9,128 vehicles, the best quarterly sales result in 13 years. Momentum was driven by strong demand for Focus and redesigned Kuga, which sold 4,166 and 4,095, respectively.
  • Lincoln sales set a quarterly record for China with 19,143 sold, up 64.8% year on year. Corsair sales of 11,041 set a new quarterly record for individual Lincoln nameplates
  • JMC brand vehicle sales of 58,000 units were up 38.3% year on year, as strong demand for light trucks, commercial vans and pickups continued

Ford China said "continued acceleration of new product launches and localisation strategy contributed to its sales momentum in the third quarter".

The Mustang Mach-E, which made its China debut at Auto China 2020, will be available next year as the automaker expands its line with electrified vehicles.