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Ford Motor Co. said Wednesday that its sales with joint ventures in China for the year have topped 1 million, as November sales rose 17.1 percent to set a November record of 124,113 vehicles.

The Dearborn automaker said it reached the 1 million milestone a month earlier than in 2015. Ford said November sales for its Changan Ford Automobile passenger car joint venture reached more than 96,000 vehicles, up 13.8 percent year-over-year. Sales of the Ford Explorer jumped 73 percent, while Ford Edge sales also increased 21 percent last month in China.

“Ford is gaining more momentum in China each month and we are on pace for a record year in China,” Peter Fleet, vice president of marketing, sales and service for Ford Asia Pacific, said in a statement. “We are seeing increasing demand across our lineup, particularly our full family of SUVs.”

Sales of Ford’s commercial vehicle investment, Jiangling Motor Corp., totaled more than 26,000 vehicles in China, up 29.4 percent from November 2015.

Last year, Ford sold about 1.1 million vehicles in China.

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