Sales at Ford Motor Co. have kept gathering pace in China since the second quarter of 2020 after the local coronavirus outbreak was largely contained. Its deliveries jumped 73 percent from a year earlier to 153,822 in the first quarter of 2021.
For the first three months, Lincoln sales more than tripled to 19,325 on demand for the three locally produced crossovers -- the Corsair, Aviator and Nautilus, Ford’s China unit said.
Deliveries at the Ford brand also jumped 45 percent to 76,611 on volumes generated by crossovers and SUVs.
In the period, 34,030 crossovers and SUVs were delivered under the brand, more than doubling the number a year earlier. The Explorer, Escape and Edge generated volumes of more than 7,000, nearly 8,400 and more than 6,500, respectively.
Meanwhile, sales of JMC-badged light trucks and pickups produced at Ford’s commercial vehicle joint venture with Changan Automobile Co. and Jiangling Motor Group, also rallied 95 percent to 57,886.
To date, Ford has maintained sales growth in the Chinese market for four straight quarters, following increases of 3 percent, 25.4 percent and 30.3 percent in the second, third and fourth quarters of last year.