Ford sales in China rose to a record 647.849 cars over the first nine months of 2013, up 51% compared with the same period in 2013. Ford is on its way to sell about 900.000 cars in China this year. Impressive progress but still far behind the expected 3.2 million for Volkswagen and the 3 million for GM. Ford needs to grow even faster to catch up. Here is their master plan:
Ford said on Wednesday that its sales in China rose 51 percent, to 647,849 vehicles, through the first nine months of this year compared with the similar period last year. Growth accelerated in September, when Ford’s sales rose 61 percent, to 96,111. The gains have come in a Chinese car market that has cooled recently after years of robust growth.
Spy shots showing the Ford Fiesta with a 1.0 Ecoboost 3-cylinder engine in China. The Fiesta 1.0 will be launched on the Chinese car market in November, price will start around 110.000 yuan and end around 130.000 yuan.
A sleek Ford Mondeo police car, seen on the same motorway in Chongqing City where we met a Hongqi L5 earlier today. Chongqing is home to the factories of the Chang’an-Ford joint venture which makes the new Mondeo for the Chinese car market, and in China local police prefers to buy local cars. The old Ford Mondeo was used by Chongqing coppers too, painted in black and looking more scary than this white-blue new car.
The new Ford Mondeo was launched in China in late August, price starts at 179.800 yuan and ends at 265.800 yuan. Engines: 1.5 turbo and 2.0 turbo.
A very shiny Ford Mondeo, seen on the Wufang Tianya Automobile Parts City in east Beijing, not far from the famous Beijing Tuning Street. The good Ford was wrapped in an eye-killing shiny blue wrap and sexed up much further with a pink grille, a pink bumper-grille, and shiny blue 5-spoke alloys.
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.