Ford’s January China sales rise 19 percent

Michael Martinez
The Detroit News

Ford Motor Co. on Friday said its January China sales rose 19 percent over the same period a year ago thanks to strong demand for vehicles like the Ford Escort, Mondeo and Focus.

The Dearborn automaker sold 112,599 vehicles last month, up from the 94,466 it sold in January 2014.

Ford’s imported vehicle sales — which include the Mustang, Explorer, Edge, Focus ST and Fiesta ST — rose 18 percent in January to 3,015. Ford launched the new Mustang in China last month at an event in Guangzhou.

Ford’s commercial vehicle investment in China, Jiangling Motors Corporation, were up 21 percent over a year ago. And sales of Ford’s passenger car joint venture — Changan Ford Automobile — rose 19 percent.

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