Ford Motor Co.’s Lincoln luxury brand set a sales record in China in 2016, increasing threefold from a year ago.
Lincoln sold 32,558 vehicles in the world’s largest auto market last year, compared to 11,630 sold in 2015. By comparison, Lincoln sold 111,724 vehicles in the U.S. last year, good for eighth place among luxury makes, according to the Automotive News Data Center.
“The momentum is both gratifying and encouraging,” Kumar Galhotra, Lincoln’s president, said in a statement. “We’re pleased that clients are recognizing the superior experiences and vehicles that Lincoln offers.”
Compared to its luxury rivals, Lincoln was late to enter the China market, but it’s been aggressively expanding there since it opened its first dealership in November 2014.
It ended 2016 with 65 dealerships that sell the MKZ, MKC, MKX, Navigator and new Continental sedan.
CEO Mark Fields has said China could eventually exceed the U.S. as Lincoln’s largest sales market, and Bloomberg last year reported Ford is in talks with partner Changan Automobile Group about producing the brand’s vehicles in Chongqing.