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Ford Motor Co. said Friday the automaker and its joint ventures sold a record 1.27 million vehicles in China, up 13.6 percent from 2015.

In December, Ford sales in China totaled 149,856, up 21.3 percent from the same month in 2015, driven by surging demand for SUVs such as the Ford Edge and Explorer and strong sales growth of the Ford Taurus large sedan and the Ford Mustang.

“We have built some great sales momentum in China, particularly in the second half of 2016, on the strength of our expanded vehicle lineup,” Peter Fleet, Ford’s vice president of marketing, sales and service for the Asia Pacific region, said in a statement. “Record numbers of customers are choosing our three-row Edge crossover, elegant Taurus sedan, Explorer premium SUV and Lincoln luxury vehicles.”

Sales for the Lincoln Motor Co. luxury brand totaled 32,558 vehicles last year, up nearly three times its 2015 volume of 11,630. Sales increased as Lincoln added dealerships in China to total 65 and with strong SUV sales, Lincoln said. In 2015, Lincoln launched a full vehicle lineup in China.

Ford said its passenger car joint venture, Changan Ford Automobile, set both yearly and December sales records. Sales totaled 957,495 vehicles for the year, up 14.5 percent from 2015. December sales reached totaled 115,654 vehicles, up 19.3 percent from December 2015.

Ford’s Jiangling Motor Corp. joint venture sold 265,056 vehicles in 2016, up 7.5 percent from 2015, as December sales hit 32,193 vehicles, up 27.8 percent from the same month in 2015.

Ford’s imported vehicle volume for 2016 in China was 17,599 vehicles, down from 25,340 in 2015.

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