NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Ford ( F) said that it has delivered its best-ever first-half new vehicle sales results in China during the first six months of 2010. Ford said in a written statement that it sold a record 301,524 units in China during this period, up 53% compared with the same time a year ago. Included in these results was Ford's passenger car joint venture in China, Changan Ford Mazda Automobile, which delivered record sales of 205,563 units in the first half, up 46% percent year-on-year. Ford China's commercial vehicle investment, Jiangling Motors, also registered record sales of 88,363 units, with sales of Ford Transit rising dramatically -- up 78% from a year ago to 25,227 units. Meanwhile, Changan Ford Mazda Automobile (CFMA), Ford Motor's passenger car joint venture in China, reported record sales of 205,563 units in the first six months of 2010, an increase of 46% vs. the same period last year. Ford passenger car sales surged 46% to 151,779 units. The automaker said that the Ford Fiesta has been popular with China's younger car buyers since the model was introduced last year. In the first six months of the year, the car racked up strong sales of 38,669 units, an increase of 113% year-on-year. A total of 86,053 Fiestas have been sold in China since it arrived in China. By comparison, GM sold 1.21 million vehicles in China during the first half of the year, up almost 50% higher from the previous year -- beating U.S. first-half sales for the first time. Thus, Ford's stellar first-half sales results in China still fall short of its rival's.