GM, Ford post Feb. sales increases in China


General Motors Co. and Ford Motor Co. both say their February sales in China rose slightly compared to the same month a year ago.
Ford said its sales with joint ventures in China last month totaled 64,641, up 2 percent from February 2016. GM said the carmaker and its joint ventures sold 246,730 vehicles in China last month, up 0.4 percent year-over-year in the company’s largest sales market.
The Detroit automaker said its Cadillac and Baojun brands set February records in China. Cadillac sales jumped 89.6 percent to 9,034 sales, registering double-digit growth for the 12th straight month. GM said Baojun sales rose 38 percent from February 2016. Wuling brand deliveries rose 2.3 percent.
GM said SUVs and multi-purpose vehicles tallied nearly 50 percent of GM sales in China last month.
“The expanding SUV portfolio has helped us maintain our growth momentum,” GM China President Matt Tsien said in a statement. “The upcoming launch of the Chevrolet Equinox will further enhance our competitiveness in the fast-growing midsize SUV segment.”
Ford said its large SUVs also remain popular in China, with Ford Edge sales up 20 percent and Everest sales up 34 percent in February year-over-year. Ford Taurus sales increased 9 percent, the Dearborn automaker said.
“We continue to see strong demand from Chinese customers for our three-row Edge SUV and luxurious Taurus large sedan, along with our performance line-up led by our iconic Mustang,” Peter Fleet, vice president of marketing, sales and service for Ford Asia Pacific, said in a statement. “We are also excited by the fantastic early response to the upcoming launch of our F-150 Raptor in China.”
Ford said February sales for Changan Ford Automobile totaled 42,695, down 12 percent from February 2016, while Jiangling Motor Corp. sold 20,794, up 48 percent from the same month last year.
Fuente: The Detroit News

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