18:35 | 26/01/2016 Entertainment
(VEN) - Ford Motor Company announced its overall retail sales for the ASEAN region in 2015 rose 3.3 percent from the previous year to a record 103,975 units.
EcoSport compact SUV which became Ford’s second best-selling vehicle in the region
Ford’s record ASEAN sales were driven by record full-year performances in the Philippines, Vietnam and Cambodia, as well as full-year market share gains in Thailand amidst a challenging domestic industry that saw sales decline for the third consecutive year.
"The successful introduction of more global Ford vehicles across ASEAN in 2015 – including the new Ranger pickup and all-new Everest SUV – helped more perse range of customers connect with the Ford brand,” said Mark Kaufman, president, Ford ASEAN.
Leading Ford’s ASEAN sales was the segment-defining and Thai-built Ford Ranger, which was the best-selling pickup truck in Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar for second consecutive year, as well as the second-best seller in the Philippines and Malaysia.
Ranger sales across the ASEAN region increased nearly eight percent from the previous year to an all-time record 54,114 units.
Additionally in 2015, Ranger was awarded a maximum five-star safety rating by the ASEAN New Car Assessment Program (ASEAN NCAP), including the highest Adult Occupant Protection (AOP) score of any pickup truck tested.
Ford’s ASEAN performance was also given a boost by continuing demand for the popular EcoSport compact SUV which became Ford’s second best-selling vehicle in the region, delivering overall sales that rose 13 percent year-over-year to 20,518 units.
Exceptional demand for the all-new Everest – which began launching across ASEAN markets in the third quarter – helped drive overall ASEAN performance with sales rising 98 percent year-over-year to 11,233 units.
The next-generation Everest redefines consumer expectations for a medium SUV with stunning off-road capability, on-road comfort, advanced technologies, a bold design and refined interior.
The sporty Fiesta contributed to the record ASEAN performance with 2015 sales across the region of 7,634 units.
Market share gains, record sales
Thailand continued to lead Ford’s overall performance in ASEAN with full-year sales of 36,463 units. Amidst a protracted domestic industry slowdown that saw overall sales decline for the third consecutive year, Ford continued to outpace the industry to help drive its full-year market share up 0.3 percentage points to 4.6 percent.
Ford’s Thailand sales were driven by the Ranger pickup which finished the year with its best-ever December sales that rose 24 percent year-over-year to 3,025 units. Ranger full-year sales of 23,846 units helped its segment share increase 0.8 percentage points to 7.3 percent.
In the Philippines, Ford delivered record full-year sales that rose 25 percent to 25,372 units, helping it jump one spot to become the number three-selling automotive brand.
The EcoSport became Ford’s best-selling nameplate in the Philippines with full-year sales up 67 percent to 8,702 units. Ranger was the second best-selling pickup truck in the Philippines with sales that increased six percent year-over-year to a record 8,445 units. Everest also delivered an all-time record performance with 2015 sales climbing 58 percent year-over-year to 4,945 units.
Ford also delivered record full-year sales in Vietnam with total 2015 sales rising 48 percent to 20,740 units. Ranger remained Vietnam’s best-selling pickup truck for the second consecutive year with sales jumping 81 percent to a record 8,685 units.
EcoSport delivered record Vietnam sales in 2015 with overall sales that climbed 145 percent to 3,977 units. And Transit remained the best-selling vehicle in its segment for the second consecutive year in Vietnam with sales jumping 56 percent to 5,600 units.
Ranger remained the second-best selling pickup in Malaysia with full-year sales rising almost eight percent to 9,231 units, helping contribute to full year sales of 12,060 units.
Ford’s ASEAN performance was also supported by continued growth in emerging markets that was led by strong demand for the Ranger.
In Cambodia, Ford finished 2015 with its best-ever full-year performance with sales increasing 41 percent from the previous year to 1,262 units. Ford’s full-year new vehicle sales in Myanmar rose six percent from the previous year to 679 units.
In Laos, Ford sales increased four percent to 651 units. And in Singapore, Ford saw its sales rise 83 percent from the previous year to 422 units.
“In 2015, we continued to welcome and serve so many new-to-Ford customers across the ASEAN markets,” said Kaufman. “And as our customer base expands across the region, our efforts to further enhance our Ford customer and ownership experience will also continue.”