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Ford Motor's China auto sales tanked in September, far outpacing the overall sales decline that was the largest drop in seven years.
Ford joins General Motors (GM) in reporting a major slowdown as the world's largest auto market cools, with President Trump's China trade war threatening economic growth.
Ford's China sales totaled 64,383 vehicles in September, tumbling 43% year over year. Year to date, sales of 585,000 units marked a 30% decline.
Sales of vehicles that Ford imports into China sank 16% last month, led by a 71% drop for the Mustang. Monthly sales for Ford's Changan joint venture slid 55%, while its Jiangling JV saw sales fall 15%. The Lincoln brand saw sales climb 1% in September, as the luxury car market in China continues to hold up.
Ford Focus sales in China were down 61% in September and are down 51% year to date.
Overall China auto sales sank 12% to 2.39 million units last month, the third straight drop, according to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers. China's car sales fell the most in nearly seven years in September, Reuters said.