The new Ford Mondeo sedan has been launched on the China car market. Price starts at 179.800 yuan and ends at 265.800 yuan. The launch has long been eagerly awaited with Chinese car buyers ready to pay whatever it takes to get their hands on what is in nicknamed the ‘Aston-Ford’.
Ford Motor and its local partners in China sold a total of 72,834 vehicles on a wholesale basis in July, an increase of 71 percent from a year earlier, the company said on Tuesday. That compared to a 44 percent increase in June.
The new Ford Mondeo will finally hit the China car market on August 29 and the first cars have arrived at Ford dealers throughout China. Pre-sales have started with price ranging from 189.900 yuan to 275.900 yuan. The Ford Mondeo is made in China by the Chang’an-Ford joint venture.
Ford is bringing the Escort back, but only to China. The new Ford Escort will be launched on the China car market in 2014. The Ford Escort concept debuted in April on the Shanghai Auto Show.
Not a new name, and not a very new car either. The new Escort is based on the current China-made Ford Focus Classic, which is a slightly dressed up second generation Ford Focus. The Ford Escort will technically replace the Ford Focus Classic, and will be positioned under the current third generation Ford Focus.
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.