Ford increased overall deliveries in China last year by 3.7% to 624,000 units but there was a more dramatic increase in sales of its Lincoln luxury brand vehicles, with sales surpassing 91,000 units, an increase of more than 48% year-on-year. That has put China sales above those in the US where the Lincoln brand sold just under 87,000.

The carmaker reported that 25,000 Lincoln vehicles were sold in the fourth quarter, an increase of 13.1% against the same quarter last year. Overall sales in the quarter exceeded 167,000 vehicles up by nearly 12%.


Sales of the Lincoln Corsair in China were up 57% last year

The Lincoln Corsair is among the top five best-selling vehicles in its segment, according to Ford, achieving full-year sales exceeding 50,000 units, up 57%. The Lincoln Zephyr, which debuted at Guangzhou auto show in November last year, has already received more than 2,300 pre-orders, according to the company.

Ford also said that strong demand for its sedan models helped with the increase. Ford Mondeo sales were up more than 34% at around 34,000 units. Ford Taurus sales hit 8,000 an increase of 13.5%, while there was a marginal 0.1% increase in sales of the Ford Escort at 39,000 units.

Ford in China began producing its Mustang Mach-E in October last year, with the first deliveries made in December. The car is made at the joint venture Changan Ford manufacturing plant in Chongqing.

Overall in China, vehicle deliveries for the year increased 3.8% to reach 26.3m, according to the China Association of Automotive Manufacturers (Caam). That is the first increase since 2017 and sales of new energy vehicles (NEVs) have helped with the increase. That included sales of pure battery EVs, plug-in hybrids and hydrogen fuel-cell cars. Sales of those vehicles grew by 157.5% to 3.52m units in 2021.