Ford Motor Co. sales in China last month surged 45 percent year-on-year to 70,540 vehicles, supported by its expanding SUV lineup.
This year, Ford has launched three SUVs -- the locally produced Kuga and EcoSport plus the imported Explorer.
Meanwhile, General Motor and its three joint ventures in China sold 252,942 vehicles in May, up 9 percent year-on-year, on strong demand for the Buick and Cadillac brands.
Thanks to the volume generated by the Ford Kuga and EcoSport, sales of Changan Ford Automobile Co., Ford's passenger vehicle joint venture, rose 48 percent to 51,099 vehicles in May. Aside from the Kuga and EcoSport, Changan Ford also builds the Ford Focus, Mondeo, new Fiesta, S-Max and EcoSport in the southwestern city of Chongqing.
Last month, sales of Jiangling Motors Corp, Ford's commercial vehicle joint venture, also increased 21 percent year-on-year to 17,057 vehicles. Jiangling Motors, in Nanchang of east China's Jiangxi province, builds the Ford Transit van as well as its own JMC-brand SUVs, pickups, vans and light trucks.
In May, Ford also sold 2,384 imported vehicles, mainly the Ford Edge and Explorer.
For the first five months, Ford and its two joint ventures sold 332,467 vehicles in China, surging 48 percent from the year-earlier period.
Buick, Cadillac prosper
Shanghai General Motors Co., a GM joint venture that markets the Buick, Chevrolet and Cadillac brands, reported a 23 percent increase of Buick sales in May to 63,007 Buick units.
Demand for the Buick Excelle XT and GT was especially strong, the company said.
Cadillac sales in China surged 74 percent to 3,843 units on robust demand for the Cadillac SRX. But Chevrolet sales in China increased only 4 percent year-on-year to 50,531 units last month.
While GM enjoyed strong demand for its premium cars, the market for low-priced commercial microvans remained soft. SAIC-GM-Wuling Automotive Co., GM's microvan joint venture, sold 121,756 Wuling microvans in China, up only 2 percent.
The joint venture did better with its Baojun brand of entry-level cars. Last month, Baojun sales soared 74 percent to 8,706 units.
In May, domestic sales of FAW-GM Light Commercial Vehicle Co., GM's commercial vehicle joint venture, jumped 26 percent to 4,727 units.
GM also includes in its monthly China sales a small number of imported Opel, Hummer and Saab vehicles. But sales totals for these vehicles were unavailable.
For the first five months, GM and its joint ventures sold 1.3 million vehicles in China, up 11 percent year-on-year.