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Ford  expects to grow China revenue by 50 percent by 2025

US automaker will focus on new-energy vehicle, SUV and connected vehicle in the next phase of its China expansion strategy.
Ford  expects to grow China revenue by 50 percent by 2025
Ti Gong

Ford says it will further expand local production and introduce more than 50 new vehicles in the China market by 2025. 

Ford Motor Company said today the company expects to grow China revenue by 50 percent by 2025 compared with this year through further expanding domestic production and launching over 50 new vehicles in the Chinese market.

To support the aggressive growth, Ford said more than 15 electrified vehicles and eight sport-utility vehicles will be introduced to China.

The automaker will focus on three key areas in the next phase of its China expansion strategy — new-energy vehicle, SUV and connected vehicle, Ford said at a press conference in Shanghai today.

“China is not only the largest car market in the world, it’s also at the heart of electric vehicle and sport-utility vehicle growth and the mobility movement,” said Bill Ford, executive chairman of Ford Motor Company. “We now have a chance to expand our presence in China and deliver even more for customers, our partners and society.”

Ford plans to assemble five more vehicles domestically starting in 2019, including a Lincoln premium SUV and an electric small SUV.

“Producing more vehicles for China locally allows us to improve the benefits for our customers, our partners and our bottom line,” said Peter Fleet, president of Ford Asia Pacific. 

As well as the 15 new electrified vehicles to be launched by 2025, Ford said its joint venture with Anhui Zotye Automobile Co —Zotye-Ford Joint Venture — will unveil a separate range of electric vehicles under a new brand.

“We will meet the growing desire and need in China for new-energy vehicles from Lincolns to Ford cars and SUVs to an all-new electric vehicle brand,” said Jason Luo, chairman and chief executive officer of Ford China. “Each of them will be .... backed by an ecosystem that makes charging, sharing and servicing easy.”

By the end of 2019, all new vehicles in China will be Internet-connected, according to Ford which is also collaborating with Baidu and has joined Project Apollo which is an open platform on the development, testing and deployment of autonomous vehicles in China.

Ford also said it will open two outlets in Nanjing and Chongqing this month that will offer routine vehicle maintenance and light repair services such as oil and filter changes, brake repair and tire replacement to car owners. Ford plans to open 100 new outlets in China next year to get closer to its Chinese customers and improve their ownership experience.

“All of the actions outlined today reflect an unprecedented commitment to focus on the needs of consumers in China. They are proof of our dedication to grow our business in China.” Fleet said.

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