Ford’s China sales fall 11% in April

Michael Martinez
The Detroit News

Ford Motor Co. said Thursday its sales in China fell 11 percent last month as both its commercial and passenger car business saw fewer customers than April 2015.

The Dearborn automaker sold 82,324 vehicles in the world’s largest auto market last month. That included a 10 percent drop in its Jiangling Motors Corporation commercial vehicle investment, and an 11 percent decline in Changan Ford Automotive, its passenger car joint venture.

Despite the April decline, Ford’s sales through the first four months of the year are up 7 percent compared to the same time period a year ago.

“China continues to be a dynamic marketplace as it transitions from an industrial economy to a consumer-led economy,” Ford said in a statement. “Importantly, our sales year-to-date continue to outpace last year’s record-setting sales.”

Ford’s Escort compact car continues to be a bright spot, with year-to-date sales up 69 percent. The Blue Oval’s family of SUVs, which include the Ford Kuga, Ecosport, Edge, Explorer and Everest are up 27 percent through the first four months of the year in China.

Ford said its CAF 1 Chongqing Assembly Plant, which produces the Ecosport, Focus and Mondeo, will take downtime during the remainder of the second quarter due to planned maintenance.

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