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Capping off a record year with a 23 percent sales surge in China in December 2016, Ford Motor Company welcomed 2017 with open arms and an optimistic outlook on its new vehicle market.

Independent of the rest of the year, the December sales of Ford and its joint ventures came out to nearly 150,000 vehicle sales in China, which was a 21 percent increase compared to 2015. Such a strong performance was primarily attributable to an increased popularity of Ford's extended lineup, which included the Ford Edge, Explorer and other SUVs, as well as the Ford Taurus. In particular, demand for the Edge and Explorer increased by 123 percent and 36 percent, respectively; the Ford Taurus also exceeded its previously held sales records for the month of December and broke 32,000 sales. Watch the Edge in action in the video below:

The last month of 2016 wasn't a fluke; for the duration of 2016, Ford sales added up to more than 1.27 million vehicles, breaking its own record with a 14 percent increase year-over-year. Performance vehicles in the Ford family also got their time in the spotlight - annual sales of the Ford Mustang rose by 45 percent, while the Focus RS and Focus ST sales climbed 12 percent in 2016.

Find out more about Ford's successes in 2016 and what's to come in 2017 - stop by Sound Ford in Seattle, Washington.