Ford's Q1 China vehicle sales down 35% as coronavirus hits demand1 min read . Updated: 16 Apr 2020, 03:48 PM IST
- Sales of Ford's larger U.S. rival, General Motors Co, dropped 43.3% in China in the first quarter.
Ford Motor Co said on Thursday that its China vehicle sales in the first three months this year fell 34.9% from a year earlier to 88,770 units, as the novel coronavirus epidemic hit demand in the world's biggest auto market.
The Dearborn, Michigan-based company said, however, all its dealers in China had resumed work and its sales in March had returned to 75% of the same period last year.
In China, Ford makes cars through Jiangling Motors Corp Ltd (JMC), in which it has a stake, and a joint venture with Chongqing Changan Automobile Co Ltd.
Ford has been trying to revive sales in China after its business began slumping in late 2017. Sales sank 26% in 2019, after a 37% drop in 2018. In 2017, its China sales fell 6% from a year earlier.
China's auto sales dropped 8% in 2019 and are expected to fall more than 5% this year. Overall auto sales slumped 42.4% in the first quarter.
Sales of Ford's larger U.S. rival, General Motors Co, dropped 43.3% in China in the first quarter.
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