Changan Ford Motor to set up electric car JV with Chongqing Changan Auto

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Ford said the venture was being formed “to better grasp the development trend of electrification and intelligence in the auto industry.”

Asked whether this new venture means Ford is minimizing its exposure in China, spokesman Anderson Chan said it was aligned with CEO Jim Farley’s strategy that includes leaning into the strength of the company’s partners in China. The company said it would provide further details later.

Farley said last month during the company’s earnings conference call that the U.S. automaker may have to use its local partners’ vehicle platforms more “in certain segments,” excluding pickups and large SUVs.

Changan officials could not be reached for further comment.

Sales of Ford with Changan fell 12.6 percent in the first half form the year-ago period, China Association of Automobile Manufacturers data showed.

More than 40 brands have cut prices in China since January after an initial move by Tesla in a fight for market share in the world’s biggest auto market, as car demand slumps, with ripples spreading through the wider industry.

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