Ford Motor Co. will produce a three-row version of the Ford Edge for China as the carmaker tries to take advantage of the growing SUV market in the country. This was disclosed by Jim Farley, Ford executive vice president of global marketing, sales and service, on the eve of the Los Angeles Auto Show. He said Ford will assemble the Edge in China with sales set to commence next year.
According to a Ford spokesman, the three-row Edge will be around 16 inches longer than the typical Edge that is being produced from Oakville, Ontario. Ford currently sells only the two-row Edge for the rest of its markets.
The arrival of the China-built Edge next year will mean that Ford will be offering three vehicles with three rows of seats -- Edge, Explorer and Everest. According to Farley, Ford is on pace of achieving over 1 million in sales in China this year, marking a new record for the carmaker.
As for the decision to offer the Edge in Chine, Farley said that the demand for SUVs are “exploding” in China, as evidenced by a 485-percent rise in sales since 2008. Farley expects China to become the largest SUV market in the world by 2018.