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Ford says December China auto sales up 35 percent on year

Ford Motor Co. unveils its 2015 Ford Mustang in Shanghai December 5, 2013. REUTERS/Aly Song
Ford Motor Co. unveils its 2015 Ford Mustang in Shanghai December 5, 2013. REUTERS/Aly Song

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co and its local partners in China sold a total of 94,838 vehicles on a wholesale basis in December, an increase of 35 percent from a year earlier, the company said on Monday.

That compared to a 47 percent increase in November and a 55 percent jump in October.

In 2013, sales by the Dearborn, Michigan-based automaker totaled 935,813 vehicles on a wholesale basis, up 49 percent from 2012, helped by Ford Focus, the best selling model in China last year.

Ford partners with Chongqing ChangAn Automobile Co Ltd <000625.SZ> and Jiangling Motors Corp <000550.SZ> in making vehicles in the world's biggest automotive market.

(Reporting by Samuel Shen and Kazunori Takada; Editing by Jeremy Laurence)

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