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:
The best spy shots so far of the new Ford Mondeo in China. It will debut on the Shanghai Auto Show in April and it will be launched on the Chinese car market in May. Price will range from 170.000 yuan to 260.000 yuan.
The new Ford Ecosport SUV has been launched on the Chinese car market, price starts at 94.800 yuan and ends at 127.800 yuan. The Ford Ecosport is the second SUV in Ford’s China line-up after the Ford Kuga that was launched on the Chinese car market in January.
The new Ford Mondeo will debut on the 2013 Shanghai Auto Show, which will be held from April 21 until April 29. Mass production will formally start (ceremony, flag waving, press) on April 2 and the Ford Mondeo will be launched on the Chinese car market around the middle of the year. Price will range from 170.000 yuan to 260.000 yuan.
The Ford Ecosport will be launched on the Chinese car market on March 19, price will range from 94.800 yuan and end at 129.800 yuan. Bringing the Ecosport to China is a smart move by Ford. The booming segment for cheap-mini SUV’s is dominated by local Chinese automakers, so Ford must be able to win market share fast, especially since GM and Volkswagen got nothing there to compete.
New spy shots from the new Ford Mondeo, aka Ford Fusion, testing in China. The new Ford Mondeo will debut on the Shanghai Auto Show in April and it will be launched on the Chinese car market in May. The Ford Mondeo is made in China by the Chang’an-Ford joint venture. The front differs from the European and American versions with a fat-chromed grille, which is what Chinese car buyers want.
Ford and its joint ventures in China sold 43,642 vehicles in the country in February, up 7% from a year earlier, in spite of the weeklong Lunar New Year holiday during which showroom visits typically drop sharply.
In the first two months of the year, sales of Ford-brand cars surged 46% on year to 105,209 units, thanks to strong demand for the Ford Focus, the U.S. car maker said in a statement Wednesday.