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Ford’s first-half China sales up 5 percent

Michael Martinez
The Detroit News

The Ford brand and its joint ventures on Thursday said they sold 564,647 vehicles in China through the first six months of the year, a 5 percent increase compared to the same period in 2015.

When combined with the first-half sales of 12,450 Lincoln vehicles, the Dearborn automaker has sold 577,097 new cars and trucks in the world’s largest car market so far in 2016 — up 6 percent over last year.

Sales were up 3 percent in June to 85,105.

“We continue to see solid growth in China during the first half,” Dave Schoch, Ford Motor Co. group vice president and president of Asia Pacific, said in a statement. “Even as the pace of growth slows and the market matures, customers continue to respond well to our products, particularly our world-class SUV lineup.”

Ford said its SUV sales rose 27 percent in the first half of the year thanks to strong demand for new and refreshed utilities.

Changan Ford Automobile, Ford’s passenger car joint venture, said sales rose 10 percent in the first half of the year and rose 4 percent in June. Jiangling Motors Corp., Ford’s commercial vehicle investment, said sales fell 7 percent through the first half of the year, including a 5 percent rise in June.

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