Ford announced on Jan. 9 that its China 2011 sales broke the half-million mark with 519,390 vehicles sold. This compares to sales of 483,288 in 2010, an increase of 7%.

December sales were up 10% from last year to hit 49,238.

"Our strong sales performance in 2011 shows that Ford is on track to deliver on its promise to bring 15 new vehicles to China by 2015," said David Schoch, CEO of Ford Motor China. "Ford expects sustainable growth moving forward in China. To keep up with market demand, Ford together with its partners are currently adding four new plants in China, including a vehicle assembly plant in Chongqing that will come online in 2012."

Ford's passenger vehicle joint venture Changan Ford Mazda Automobile (CFMA) sold 320,658 Ford-brand vehicles in 2011, growing 5% from 304,104 units last year. CFMA sold 30,788 Ford-brand passenger vehicles in December, increasing 4% from 29,708 units in 2010.

Ford Mondeo set a sales record in December for the second month in a row, selling 8,095 wholesale vehicles, up 76% from last year -- the highest number sold since Mondeo was introduced into China in 2007.

Sales at Ford's commercial vehicle investment in China, Jiangling Motors Corporation (JMC) leapt by 17% this month, selling 17,509 vehicles compared to 14,912 units last year. JMC's 2011 total sales to 194,588 vehicles up 9% from 178,999 units last year.

Despite contracting sales in the commercial vehicle segment, Ford Transit sales surged by 28% this month with 5,726 wholesale vehicles sold compared to 4,482 units in December last year, bringing annual Ford Transit sales to 58,595 vehicles, an increase of 12%.