The Ford Mondeo were among the new vehicles introduced to the Chinese market in 2013.

The Ford Mondeo were among the new vehicles introduced to the Chinese market in 2013.

Ford China sold 935,813 wholesale vehicles in 2013, a 49 percent increase from 626,616 vehicles in 2012. December sales were also strong, with 94,838 vehicles sold in 2013, up 35 percent from 70,510 vehicles sold in December 2012, according to the automaker.

“2013 has proved to be a milestone year for Ford’s accelerated growth in China as we delivered on our plan to bring to China seven of Ford’s next-generation global vehicles, including the Ford EcoSport, the Ford Kuga, the new Fiesta, and the all-new Mondeo. In 2013, strong Chinese customer demand for our greatly expanded lineup of vehicles allowed Ford China to set yet another annual sales record,” said John Lawler, chairman and CEO of Ford Motor China. “In 2014, by remaining focused on our plan, we look forward to serving more Chinese customers — growing our capacity, expanding our dealership network, and continuing to bring them high-quality, safe, fuel efficient and smart Ford vehicles.”

In 2013, Ford also expanded its imported vehicle offerings in China, with the introduction of the Ford Focus ST, the Ford Fiesta ST, and the Ford Explorer. Alongside the Ford Edge, these four imported nameplates sold 26,856 wholesales in 2013, up 231 percent compared to 8,108 in 2012, according to Ford.

Ford's passenger car joint venture Changan Ford Automobile (CAF) hit a new sales milestone in 2013 with 678,951 wholesales sold in 2013, up 62 percent from 418,500 wholesales sold in 2012. CAF also had a record December, selling 70,098 wholesales, up 42 percent from 49,212 in December 2012, according to the automaker.

The Ford Focus nameplate continued to lead 2013 sales with 403,640 wholesale vehicles sold in 2013, up 36 percent from 296,360 wholesales last year, according to the automaker. Last year also marked the introduction of the Ford Kuga, the Ford EcoSport, and the All-New Ford Mondeo, which sold 95,891, 59,680, and 35,747 wholesale units respectively in 2013.

Jiangling Motors Corporation (JMC), Ford's commercial vehicle investment in China, also set new records, with 230,006 wholesales sold for the year, up 15 percent from 200,008 wholesales in 2012. As a demonstration of its strong commitment to JMC, Ford completed its purchase of 2 percent of additional shares in JMC in 2013, taking its total ownership in the company to 32 percent.

Originally posted on Automotive Fleet