SHANGHAI – GM and Ford both achieved sales increase in China in June, setting the best ever June monthly sales records in the country, according to company news releases by the two American automakers.
Sales of GM and its Chinese joint ventures in the month reached 285,191 units, up 4.3 percent year-on-year, with Buick, Cadillac and Baojun brands having record results for June while Chevrolet achieving strongest growth in six months.
SUVs remained the company’s best-performing segment with sales volume surging 42 percent in June.
Sales of the Baojun brand vehicles in June rose 47 percent to nearly 64,000 units, and those of the Wuling brand 73,460 units. Later this year, Wuling will introduce its first SUV, the Hongguang S3, to capitalize on one of the China’s fastest-growing vehicle segments.
“We are pleased with the strong demand across our brands in June,” said GM Executive Vice President and GM China President Matt Tsien. “Over the next six months, we will be launching 10 new and refreshed models to build on our momentum. They include the much-awaited all-new Buick Regal premium sports sedan and Baojun 310 wagon in July.”
Ford China sales surpassed 100,000 vehicles to 100,561 in June, up 15 percent compared to the same month of the previous year.
Chang’an-Ford sales were 70,021 units, up 9 percent, and JMC 24,594 units, up 27 percent.
Lincoln sold nearly 4,200 vehicles in June, an 84 percent increase on a yearly basis. This was also Lincoln’s best ever June sales and best ever quarterly sales.
Ford sedans continue to win Chinese customers in June, with sales of Escort, Focus, Mondeo and Taurus collectively up 17 percent compared to June 2016.
“Ford sales grew 15 percent year over year in June, with more than 100,000 vehicles sold in China,” said Mark Ovenden, Vice President Marketing, Sales and Services Asia Pacific of Ford. “We wrapped up the second quarter with strong sales of key vehicles including Ford Mondeo, Ford Edge and Lincoln MKC.”
JMC light trucks and Yusheng brand SUVs helped drive company sales growth by 27 percent year-on-year. More than 9,000 light trucks were sold in the month, an increase of 20 percent from the previous year.
For the second quarter this year, Ford sales reached 282,000 units, up 7 percent from the same period of last year. Year-to-date sales for the company in China totaled nearly 540,000 units, a 7 percent decrease compared to the same time in 2016.