Ford Motor Co. sold 75,254 vehicles in China last month, up 44 percent from a year earlier, with volume driven in part by firm demand for the company’s redesigned Focus compact car, the company said on Thursday.
It said the growth in June followed an equally strong month in May when its sales rose 45 percent. During the first six months of the year Ford sold a total of 407,721 vehicles, up 47 percent. Via: Reuters.
A very fuzzy Ford Focus, seen in central Beijing on a reasonable sunny day. The fine vehicle is painted in blue, and wrapped in matte black, orange, and bright orange. The Focus is further prettified by racy tires and sleek 15-spoke alloys that are in need of an urgent clean-up.
Ford Motor Co CEO Alan Mulally sees China becoming an export hub for the automaker but he added that the company’s current focus is on meeting local demand.
“I think it’s just a matter of time,” he said when asked about Ford exporting from China. “Over time, all of our facilities are positioned so we can support all the markets around the world from any location,” Mulally said.
Spy shots showing a new extra cheap variant of the Ford Focus hatchback for the Chinese car market. The fog lights have been deleted and the alloys replaced with steel wheels with plastic wheel covers. The Ford Focus is selling like hot rice in China and Ford clearly hopes a cheaper version will push up sales even more.
The Ford Escort is back!, but only for China, where the old Escorts were never sold and the name thus means basically nothing. The Ford Escort concept sedan debuted today on the Shanghai Auto Show, previewing a new China-only family sedan that will be launched on the Chinese car market as soon as next year.
The whole CarNewsChina team (we with many!) is on the move. Early evening we arrived in the great city of Shenzhen in Guangdong Province for Business (hello Bertel!, and Josh?). Anyway and how, we explored the bars around the hotel and are thus in need of a beerload of Pink! Fortunately we have… This is a very Pinkefied Ford Mondeo sedan, seen in the great city of Xiamen in Fujian Province by reader Pinut187, thank you for the pics!
Ford couldn’t wait for the Shanghai Auto Show and decided to launch the new China-made Ford Mondeo on its own party. The Ford Mondeo is made in China by the Chang’an-Ford joint venture, it will be launched on the Chinese car market in May, priced between 170.000 and 260.000 yuan.
The facelifted Ford Fiesta has been launched on the Chinese car market. Price starts at 79.900 yuan and ends at 116.900 yuan. The facelifted Ford Fiesta sedan debuted in November last year on the Guangzhou Auto Show, but the hatchback didn’t appear, leading to all sorts of speculation about possible problems at Ford, and it seems there were. Launch on the Chinese market was originally planned for December, and it is late March now. The hatch finally popped up in December, and here: