Fords China Sales Decline Again Despite New Models

BEIJING— Ford Motors July-to-September vehicle sales in China fell 30 percent, as the U.S. automaker continued to lose ground in a prolonged sales decline in its second biggest market.

The Dearborn, Michigan-based automaker delivered 131,060 vehicles in China in the third quarter, Ford said in a statement.

Fords sales in China fell 35.8 percent in the first quarter and by 21.7 percent in the second quarter.

In the third quarter, sales of the automakers mass-market Ford brand fell 37.7 percent, while its luxury division Lincoln saw sales drop by 24.1 percent. It delivered around 421,000 vehicles in the first nine months of the year, according to Reuters calculations.

Ford has been struggling to revive sales in China after its business began slumping in late 2017. Sales sank 37 percent in 2018, after a 6 percent decline in 2017.

The automaker plans to launch more than 30 new models in China over the next three years of which more than a third will be electric vehicles. It also said it would localize management teams by hiring more Chinese staff and aimed to improve relationships with joint venture partners.

Ford has launched a series of new models in the third quarter in China, including Focus, sport-utility vehicle models Edge, and electric Territory.

In China, Ford makes cars through its joint venture with Chongqing Changan Automobile Co. Ltd. and Jiangling Motors Corp. Ltd. It has said it would partner with Zotye Automobile Co. Ltd. to sell lower priced cars, but there seems to have been little progress.

In a series of moves, Ford named a new president for its main local venture, Changan Ford, in August and said it would enhance its partnership with Changan through research, production and marketing cooperation in September.

Ford is also planning to revamp some of its existing manufacturing facilities with Changan to localize production of its premium brand Lincoln.

Changan Fords sales down by around 33.5 percent in the third quarter, according to Reuters calculations based on Changans filings.

Workers on a vehicle assembly line at the Ford-Chang'an joint venture plant in Chongqing, China, on June 3, 2011. (LIU JIN/AFP/Getty Images)
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