Ford and its local partners in China sold 72,834 vehicles on a wholesale basis in July, an increase of 71% from a year earlier, the company said.

That compared to a 44% increase in June, Reuters reported.

In the first seven months of the year, sales totaled 480,555 vehicles, up 50%.

Strong demand for the Focus again led sales in July. With 32,920 wholesale units sold, volume grew 77% in July.