HONG KONG (Bloomberg) -- Ford Motor Co. and General Motors Co. today said they posted double-digit sales gains in China, the world's largest auto market.
Ford said sales in its Asia Pacific and Africa regions rose 27 percent to 78,700 vehicles as the company introduced new models. Ford’s China deliveries rose 26 percent in September to 50,970 units.
"With the launch of the new Fiesta in Southeast Asia and the continued strong growth in India and China, we had our best sales month ever in the Asia Pacific and Africa region," Joe Hinrichs, president of Ford Asia Pacific and Africa, said in a statement.
"We are working hard to expand sales and production capacity, and to offer more of the vehicles from our global portfolio to markets in this region."
In China and India combined, Ford said it sold 482,129 vehicles so far this year, a 50 percent increase compared to January-September 2009.
GM, meanwhile, said sales increased 15 percent in China in September on strong demand for Buick, Chevrolet and Cadillac products.
GM and its Chinese joint ventures sold 208,353 units last month, it said in an e-mailed statement. Sales from Shanghai General Motors Corp, the joint-venture with SAIC Motor Co., totaled 100,786 vehicles, it said.
The sales growth is a decline from the 19.2 percent reported for August, which was then the slowest rate in at least 17 months as government stimulus measures wore off. Some Chinese auto dealers have stepped up incentives to lure customers in the world's largest auto market.
In the first nine months, GM sales jumped 37.4 percent to a record 1.8 million units, the company said in the statement.
Philip Nussel contributed to this story