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Ford Outsells Toyota in China as $4.9 Billion Bet Pays Off: Cars

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Ford Motor Co. is on a tear in China, with sales up 54 percent this year on the strength of its Focus small car. Long an also-ran in the world’s largest auto market, Ford is now outselling Toyota Motor Corp. there.

While Ford is benefiting from Chinese consumer backlash against Japanese products, the second-largest U.S. automaker also is beginning to reap the rewards of spending $4.9 billion to expand its lineup and double production capacity in China. Its pretax operating losses in the Asia Pacific Africa region narrowed to $77 million last year, from $92 million in 2011.