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Ford's monthly sales drop 7% despite strong truck demand
Automotive News China | 2017/8/8

Ford Motor Co.'s deliveries in China declined 7 percent year on year in July to 84,474 vehicles despite strong demand for commercial trucks.

Changan Ford Automobile Co.¡¯s sales fell 16 percent last month from a year earlier to 58,288 vehicles. The sales slump was mainly caused by China¡¯s higher purchase tax on small vehicles. 

Changan Ford is the U.S. automaker¡¯s passenger vehicle joint venture with Changan Automobile Co.

On Jan. 1, the Chinese government raised the tax on vehicles with engine displacements of 1.6 liters or smaller to 7.5 percent from 5 percent.

On the upside, July deliveries of Ford¡¯s commercial truck partnership, Jiangling Motors Corp., the Lincoln luxury brand and imported Ford-brand models were strong.

Import sales -- which include the Ford GT, Mustang, Focus ST, Focus RS and Raptor F-150 pickup -- jumped 24 percent to 1,701 vehicles. 

Meanwhile, Jiangling Motors sales rose 11 percent to 19,772 vehicles. Jiangling Motors produces the Transit van, Ford Everest SUV and Tourneo multipurpose vehicle, as well as Jiangling-brand trucks, SUVs and pickups.

Lincoln sales surged 68 percent to 4,713 vehicles. 

For the first seven months, Ford¡¯s overall China sales dropped 7 percent from a year earlier to 621,996 vehicles.

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