SHANGHAI (Reuters) – U.S. automaker Ford Motor Co’s <F.N> two ventures in China have reported year-on-year sales growth for April, indicating the world’s biggest auto market has started its recovery from coronavirus-induced lows.
Ford’s main joint venture with Chongqing Changan Automobile Co Ltd <000625.SZ> sold 20,465 vehicles in April, up 38.3% from the same period a year earlier, Changan said in a stock exchange filing on Wednesday.
Jiangling Motors Corp Ltd (JMC) <000550.SZ>, in which Ford owns a stake, said in a filing on Thursday that it sold 28,028 vehicles in April, up 7.8%. JMC sells Ford-branded sport-utility vehicles and vans as well as JMC-branded commercial vehicles.
Ford’s China sales fell 34.9% to 88,770 vehicles in January-March. During that time, the government imposed restrictions on movement to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, which has led to over 4,000 deaths in world’s second-biggest economy.
China’s overall first-quarter vehicle sales fell 42%.
The two Chinese ventures of Ford rival General Motors Co <GM.N> also reported double-digit growth in April, when many of the government’s movement restrictions were relaxed.
(Reporting by Yilei Sun and Brenda Goh; Editing by Christopher Cushing)