By Nat Shirley
Friday, Jul 5th, 2013 @ 5:00 pm
 
The Blue Oval is becoming more popular in the world's most populous country: Ford China has reported record sales for both the first half of 2013 and the month of June.

Ford delivered a record-setting 75,254 vehicles in China in June, an increase of 44 percent from a year earlier. The impressive month boosted the automaker's total sales for the first six months by 47 percent to 407,721 units.

Leading the sales charge was the Focus compact, which contributed 31,499 units to the automaker's volume total in June and 185,697 units - an increase of 69 percent - for the first half. Other popular models included the Kuga crossover and Transit Connect van, which sold 37,412 and 32,553 examples in the first half, respectively.

"Our performance demonstrates that we continue to build momentum in China," said John Lawler, chairman and CEO of Ford China. "In the first half of 2013, we introduced four new passenger cars, significantly refreshed the Fiesta and Transit, set sales records, and launched a new engine and assembly plant."

Despite Ford's strong showing, it lags far behind archrival General Motors, which tallied 1,567,392 sales in China through June.