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Ford's Chinese retail sales grew by 30 in 2007.
Ford has announced that its retail sales in China grew by 30% in 2007 — to 216,324 vehicles — out pacing the overall market. Sales data was only available for the first 11 months in China, but compared to the same time period in 2006, overall auto sales in China were up 23% to 5.66 million units.

According to Automotive News, sales of Ford branded cars climbed 26%, totaling 196,221 vehicles. That increase was largely due to strong sales of the Focus, whose sales rose by 57%.

Retail sales of Ford's other brands — Volvo, Jaguar and Land Rover — increased by 84%, totaling 20,103 vehicles.

With the U.S. car market in a downturn, overseas markets are quickly becoming a viable life raft to keep domestic automakers from dipping too far into the red. Just yesterday, Ford announced that will continue to invest in India and Chrysler reported a 15% increase in overseas sales in 2007. 2007 also saw General Motors become the first automaker to sell 1 million vehicles in China within a 12-month span.
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U.S. second largest automaker Ford Motor has sold 216, 324 Ford brand vehicles in Chinese market in 2007, up 30 percent from one year earlier, the company announced in a press release today.

These Ford vehicles include Ford, Lincoln, Volvo, Jaguar and Land Rover brands, but it does not include Mazda, according to the press release.

Ford’s flagship joint venture in China, the Chongqing-based Changan Ford Mazda sold 217,100 vehicles in 2007, up 60 percent from one year earlier.

Ford’s best selling model, Focus, sold 124,972 units in 2007, up 57 percent from one year earlier, becoming one of the top 10 best selling models in Chinese market.

In commercial vehicles, Ford Transit sold 26,585 vehicles, up 19% from one year earlier.
 

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Chang'an Mazda accounts for a half of Mazda's China sales.

February 1, 2008 - Chang'an Ford Mazda Automobile Co, Ford's China joint venture, aims to take more than 50 percent of Mazda's sales in China by 2010, a senior company official said yesterday.

In an interview with local newspaper Chongqing Evening News, Noriaki Yamada, President and COO of Mazda Motor (China) Co., Ltd said: "Mazda aims to sell 300,000 vehicles by 2010, while its Mazda 2 and Mazda 3 will account for 55 percent of the number."

"By adding Mazda 2 (four-door sedan and five-door hatchback versions) to the B segment, and with the existing Mazda 3, Mazda 6 and Mazda 5, we will be able to cover all major segments of Chinese market," he added.

Chang'an Ford Mazda plans to sell 110,000 Mazda 2 and Mazda 3 vehicles by the end of this year and 150,000 vehicles by 2010. Mazda will sell another 150,000 vehicles through FAW Car Co.,Ltd, where Mazda 6 is being produced.

Currently Chang'an Ford Mazda's line-up covers Ford Mondeo, Focus and S-Max, Mazda3, Mazda2 and Volvo S40. Last year the joint venture sold 217,847 vehicles altogether, which include 37,472 Mazda 2 and Mazda 3 vehicles. Separately, FAW Car Co sold 53,994 Mazda 6 vehicles last year.
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Chang'an Auto Group injects $29 M into Changan Ford Mazda.

February 15, 2008 – China's fourth largest automaker group Changan Auto Group has decided to pump additional $29 million into its subsidiary Changan Ford Mazda, the Shenzhen-listed company said in an announcement yesterday.

The registration capital of Changan Ford Mazda will be increased to $35.14 million from $29.34 million, the announcement said.

After the new investment, Changan Auto Group's total investment in Changan Ford Mazda will reach $175.72 million, which represents 50 percent of the joint venture's total investment.

Ford Asia has invested $86.10 million in the joint venture. After Changan Auto's new investment, Ford Asia's stake in the joint venture will drop to 24.5 percent; Ford China, with a total investment of $36.90 million investments in the joint venture, will have a 10.5 percent stake; Mazda Motor will hold the remainder 15 percent stakes.

In 2007, Changan Ford Mazda sold 217,848 vehicles in China, an increase of 60 percent from one year earlier.

Ford and its local partners plan a $58 million investment in their Chinese joint venture to fund future expansion.

The move, approved by the state government, will help Chang'an Ford Mazda, a three-way venture involving Ford and its Japanese affiliate Mazda and China's Chang'an Automotive Group, to boost its registered capital to more than $350 million.

Ford Motor China will invest $20.3 million in the venture, while Chang'an Auto, the nation's fourth-largest automaker, will put in $29 million. Mazda will invest $8.7 million. The shareholding structure will remain unchanged, with Chang'an Auto owning 50 percent, Ford 35 percent and Mazda 15 percent.

Chang'an Ford Mazda's sales last year rose 60 percent to a record 217,100 vehicles. Strong sales of the Ford Focus and a series of new products, including the S-Max crossover vehicle and the Mondeo sedan, helped Chang'an Ford Mazda to be among the top 10 best-selling carmakers in China.

The joint venture opened a 160,000-unit production facility last September, making small cars for both Ford and Mazda. Ford can now make more than 410,000 vehicles in China at full capacity.
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Ford misses market share target in China in 2007.

February 22, 2008 - Though Ford sales in China were up more than 25 percent over 2006, the automaker missed its 2007 market share target, which means Ford is growing in China but not fast enough to catch up with its competitors, The Detroit News reported yesterday.

The report said the company had planned to increase its market share from 2% to 2.4%, but in fact only managed a rise to 2.1%. The report also said that Ford localization rate in China stands merely 70 percent, far below its global competitors in the market, which potentially means that Ford is losing as much as US$1,000 per vehicle in profit.

For example, Ford's compact car Focus is listed on the top10 best-selling cars in China, but the automaker's profit margins were slimmer than those of its competitor due to low localization rate.

Ford says it is learning from marketing mistakes, convincing important suppliers to follow it to China and aggressively expanding its manufacturing capabilities in the country.

Ford did not open its first factory in China until 2003 -- five years after GM started producing cars there and 18 years after Volkswagen AG, the market leader in China.

"We started out later, but we are really moving decisively and quickly," Ford CEO Alan Mulally said in an interview.
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Ford expands strongly in China in the first quarter.

April 10, 2008 - FORD Motor China sold 90,791 units in the first quarter of this year, a 47-percent year-on-year increase, fueled by the country's economic boom.

The strong sales helped the world's third largest auto maker to grow strongly in China's market and offset slow sales in North America that resulted in an ambitious restructuring program.

Analyst said Ford's strong performance is a result of bringing the right products to meet local demand.

Sales of Ford-branded passenger vehicles rose 54 percent year on year to 47,213 units in the first quarter.

Chang'an Ford Mazda Automobile, a three-partner venture between Ford, Japan's Mazda and Chang'an Automobile Group, sold 61,789 vehicles, posting a 58-percent increase from a year earlier. Ford Focus sales rose 58 percent to 32,326 units.
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Mazda China sales fall short of original target.

July 1, 2008 - Chang'an Ford Mazda Automobile Co, a three way joint venture between Chongqing Changan Automobile Co, Ford Motor and Mazda Motor Co, is reported to be falling far short of 2008 sales target judging from its sales performance year to date, a Beijing-based newspaper today.

Statistics from China's Passenger Car Association shows only a total of 21,954 Mazda 2 and Mazda 3 sedans were sold monthly since the beginning of this year, while the automaker announced to sell at least 110,000 of the two models in 2008.

The local Beijing Business Today attributes the sluggish sales to two major reasons: a division of sales channels which greatly reduced efficiency and the lack of consumer confidence on some Mazda 3 models.

The Chongqing based joint venture currently sells Mazda 2 (four-door sedan and five-door hatchback versions) and Mazda 3 sedan, while Mazda 6 and Mazda 5 are sold through FAW Car Co. The two companies decided to separate their sales network at the beginning of this year.

Also because Mazda is slow in responding to consumers' complaints about Mazda 3 sedans, which are claimed to have defect half shaft that generates strange sound when driving. The automaker have been persisting that the sound is normal and does not affect passengers' safety.

Separately, General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (GAQSIQ) has issued safety warnings about imported Mazda 3 hatchback and Mazda 5 vehicles related to wiring harness problems.
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Re: Changan Ford Mazda business news

Changan Ford Mazda cuts 2008 sales target by half :w00t:

August 27, 2008 - Mazda will lower its annual sales target in China to roughly 60,000 units from the previous goal of 120,000 units set earlier this year, announced Changan Ford Mazda Automobile Co in the company’s mid-year business conference with 95 domestic Mazda dealers on August 27, reported 21st Century Business Herald today.

"We haven’t ceased production,” Mazda’s Nanjing plant declined to tell further details. However, according to sources from Changan Ford Mazda Engine Co., the company began to halt part of production lines in July and will have ceased all production lines in August and September except for some maintenance technician’s work.

At the beginning of this year, Changan Ford Mazda set its sales target for 2008 at 120,000 units, but the first half output and sales of Mazda2 and Mazda3 totaled less than 25,000 units. Mazda 6 has its lowest price close to Mazda 3’ highest price, and the imported Mazda 3 also sells at the same price with Chinese-produced Mazda 3, which makes the future of Mazda 3 unpredictable in China.

Dealers of Changan Mazda felt more discouraged as the Mazda 2 suffered dwindling market share due to the price cut of cars of its kind. The new Mazda 3 would be introduced to China in 2010, and this, plus economic slowdown, led to the lack of consumer confidence.
 

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Ford Asia Pacific HQ moving to China

February 3, 2009 Ford Motor Company's Asia Pacific and Africa region headquarters, with supporting corporate functions, will be moving to China, Ford Motor (China) Ltd told Gasgoo.com today. Thailand (Bangkok) will continue to serve as Ford's ASEAN regional headquarters.

In an email reply to the Gasgoo.com inquiry this afternoon about Ford Asia Pacific's headquarters relocation to China, Lynn Ouyang, Communications & Public Affairs executive of Ford Motor (China) Ltd., said: "Today, we can confirm that our leadership team, with supporting corporate functions, will be moving to China."

The email added that "Thailand will continue to serve as the ASEAN regional headquarters with our Ford ASEAN leadership team and supporting corporate functions based in Bangkok."

"Ford Motor Company's Asia Pacific and Africa region is continuing the process of regionalization in order to achieve more effective integration and leverage of global assets, and improved management processes that deliver the consistency, efficiency and effectiveness to be competitive in today's business environment," the email said at the beginning.

Lynn Ouyang finally said in the reply: "Additional centers of excellence will be established around the region. It is still too early in the process to discuss anything further."

In 2004, Volkswagen AG and General Motors relocated their Asia Pacific regional headquarters to China to seek greater growth in the center of this region's auto business. China has become the world's second largest auto market after the United States.
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Ford starts building 3rd China plant for new Focus

Ford Motor started building a third Chinese plant today with its local partner Changan Auto in China's southwest Chongqing city. The new plant will mainly produce Ford's next-generation Focus cars.

The $490 million plant is built by Changan Ford Mazda Automobile Co., a joint venture of Ford Motor, Changan Auto and Mazda Motor. The plant, Ford's second in Chongqing and third in China, will produce 150,000 cars annually starting 2012, to boost Ford's China capacity to 600,000 units.

Ford plans to introduce four new vehicle models in China in the next three years. The next-generation Focus, scheduled to debut in January 2010 at the North American Auto Show, represents a shift toward C-segment vehicles that Ford says it expects to account for nearly 28% of its global sales by 2013.

Ford's Chongqing plant currently makes the Ford Focus, Ford Mondeo and Ford S-MAX. Its plant in Nanjing, in eastern China, makes the Ford Fiesta.

Changan Ford Sales Co. sold 144,601 Ford brand cars in the first eight months, up 30% from a year earlier. Sales of Ford cars surged 111% to 21,127 units in August.

Ford's other partner in China, Jiangling Motors Corp., makes commercial vehicles, including the popular Ford Transit van.

http://www.autohome.com.cn/news/200909/71451.html


 

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Mazda CX-7 to be locally made in China


September 15, 2010
The CX-7, a great family SUV from Mazda, which is currently being sold as an imported model in China through FAW-Mazda's sales network, will be made locally, the joint venture's Marketing Minister Pu Hongsheng said, Beijing Youth News reported Wednesday.

The existing Mazda CX-7 is a "front-engine, front-wheel-drive, compact SUV with a price tag of 288,000 yuan ($42,700), and is powered by a 2.5L engine FF (Front-engine Front-drive).

The imported model has a bigger body size than its competitors such as the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV-4 but smaller than the Toyota Highlander. The-to-be-produced-model will remain the same size.

As other automakers in Europe and U.S., the Japanese automaker is also stepping up efforts on research and development of the direct injection technology and improvement of the transmission efficiency.

Mazda models will deliver a 30% bump in fuel efficiency. Its high efficiency transmissions will have almost the same effect as the dual-clutch transmissions in enhancing power and lowering fuel consumption, Pu said.

FAW-Mazda will introduce the above two technologies to China in 2014 and apply them to all the Mazda models simultaneously.


http://autonews.gasgoo.com/china-news/mazda-cx-7-to-be-locally-made-in-china-100915.shtml
 

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Changan Mazda finalizes breakup with Ford, to relocate to Nanjing

February 24, 2011
The dissolution of the three-way Changan Ford Mazda joint venture has been officially completed with Changan Mazda's headquarters to be relocated to Nanjing, the Beijing Times reported today. The breakup process, which had been initiated last April, will see the dismantling of the Beijing Mazda motor division, previously in charge of Mazda's Chinese operations. Other operations will be moved to the company's new headquarters of Nanjing within the year.

An unnamed source within Changan Mazda said that the company "had put a lot of consideration in relocating to Nanjing." The primary reason behind the move reportedly is the size of the Nanjing factory, where Changan Mazda will reportedly construct R&D and logistics centers.

The Beijing Mazda motor division is currently responsible for sales, market research, customer service, autopart supplying and business planning. After relocation only the sales and customer service departments will remain in Beijing. Company staff is also to be restructured after the move, with the aforementioned source saying, "[Changan Mazda's] marketing director and other executive positions will be decided by majority shareholder Changan Motors and Mazda Motor Corporation." Beijing staff can choose to follow the company or resign.

http://autonews.gasgoo.com/china-news/changan-mazda-finalizes-breakup-with-ford-to-relo-110224.shtml
 

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Changan Ford Mazda joint venture officially splits up

http://autonews.gasgoo.com/china-ne...-joint-venture-officially-splits-121203.shtml

Changan Automobile Group, along with its foreign partners Ford and Mazda, officially released a statement announcing the formal division of their three-way joint venture, China Business News reported today. The statement signifies that the separation, which was decided upon more than a year ago, is finally complete.

According to the statement, the government has already approved the three companies' requests to separate the Changan Ford Mazda joint venture. In the JV's place, two new companies, Changan Ford and Changan Mazda, have been formed. Both new JVs are equally owned by Changan and its foreign partners, and will focus on research, development, sales and customer service for their respective brands.
 
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