Ford set new personal records in China 0

Ford has recently reported record bests in terms of sales in China, the world’s largest automotive market. If you were to handpick a specific market where you would want your sales to increase, it would be China.

It’s not only Ford who reported record sales in June within the country. Rivals General Motors also reported record sales which will come as a blow to Ford.

The news has come as somewhat of a surprise as certain cities in China have restricted the sales of new vehicles as congestion and carbon emission levels are reaching record highs. Major cities of Shanghai, Beijing, Guiyang and Guangzhou all impose such laws. Guangzhou can now only sell 120,000 cars per year. China emits more carbon emissions than any other country in the world. They have 16 cities in the top 20 most polluted cities in the world.

General Motors managed to sell a total of 213,495 vehicles in June alone which represents a 10 per cent increase from 2011. Buick and Wuling played a major part in that particular sales increase.

General Motors recorded sales of 1.42 million between January and June in China, an increase of 11 per cent when comparing the previous year.

A General Motors spokesman has said that they expect sales to cool down in the second half of the year.

Ford’s passenger car sales have increased by 28 per cent in June alone. The Ford Focus, which is being built in Chongqing, was a major reason behind that, helping sales to grow further than expected.

Passenger and commercial vehicles sales hit a total of 52,440 which represents an increase of 18 per cent when compared to over one year ago. During the period of January to June, sales reached 277,322. Clearly Ford is performing magnificently in this year. June was the third consecutive month for a rise in sales for Ford.

However Ford certainly has plenty of catching up to do. General Motors have managed to sell 2.5 million in 2011. Ford only sold 520,000.

Ford’s catch up plan involves the CQ2 plant, which cost $490 million to build, to develop a number of different models in the country. Currently the same plant develops the Ford Focus.

It is doubtful that Ford will be able to reach the levels of General Motors in the Chinese car market anytime soon.