Ford sells 1.1M vehicles in China in 2015, sets new record

A Ford Motor assembly worker works on a Ford Mustang at the Ford Motor Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Flat Rock, Michigan.
Rebecca Cook | Reuters
A Ford Motor assembly worker works on a Ford Mustang at the Ford Motor Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Flat Rock, Michigan.

Ford is reporting record sales of about 1.1 million vehicles in China last year.

The Dearborn, Michigan, automaker said Friday that its 2015 sales in the country were up 3 percent from the previous year.

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It also set a new monthly sales record in December, selling 124,768 vehicles. That's up 27 percent from the prior-year period.

Ford Motor's passenger car joint venture, Changan Ford Automobile, broke its annual and December sales records. For 2015, the joint venture sold 836,425 vehicles. It's a 7 percent rise from 2014. It sold 96,960 vehicles in December, a 49 percent jump from the year-ago period.

Jiangling Motors, Ford's commercial vehicle investment in China, reported a 6 percent decline in annual sales and a 12 percent drop in December sales.